‘It attacked from behind’: Farmer swallowed whole by giant python was found by neighbours who heard screams – and recognised his rubber boots sticking out of its belly

A young father was cut out of a seven-metre python after his neighbours recognised the shape of his rubber boots inside the predator’s stomach.

Harrowing details have emerged after Akbar Salubiro, 25, vanished on Sunday night when he set off to harvest palm oil in a remote village on the island of west Sulawesi, Indonesia.

But his lifeless body was found completely intact with his clothes on inside the snake weighing 158 kilograms after he was attacked from behind.

The frantic search for the missing palm oil farmer came to an end after his boots were clearly visible inside its stomach, Tribun Timur reported.

Horrified locals sliced open its stomach with a hunting knife after the giant reptile was found just metres from the victim’s home the following day.

Local used 18-inch hunting knife to slice open the snake and found Akbar inside

This is the sickening moment Akbar Salubiro, 25, was cut out from the stomach of a seven-metre long python after being swallowed whole in Indonesia

‘This probably attacked from behind,’ a villager said.

Horrifying footage shows the corpse being slowly removed from the killer reptile as the leathery skin is peeled away.

Neighbour Satriawan – who knew Akbar – said: ‘He was found in the location of the garden.

‘Initially Akbar set out from his home to go to harvest palm. After not returning to his home, people looked for him.’

Akbar’s wife, Munu, was away at the time and only found out when pictures and video emerged in the news, local media reported.

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Village secretary Salubiro Junaidi said: ‘People had heard cries from the palm grove the night before Akbar was found in the snake’s stomach.

‘When the snake was captured, the boots Akbar was wearing were clearly visible in the stomach of the snake.

‘Resident cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless.’

Reticulated pythons are boa constrictors that suffocate their victims before swallowing them whole.


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