For a long time there has been massive debate over whether snakes can eat a person whole. Myths and anecdotal stories have often claimed that larger pythons and anacondas can eat a human being whole, but scientists have often pointed to the, well, lack of evidence. No videos, no photos, no bodies, no corpses, just a bunch of stories from a few individuals scattered across some of the more exotic locales in the world. Everyone knew that pythons could, and did, eat children and pets but fully-grown adults?
For a long time, the scientific consensus was “you’re talking rubbish”.
But the world is changing, and it’s getting smaller each day as camera phones are put in the hands of damn near every living person on this Earth. And, in a weird twist, we’re finding that things long assumed to be total bullsh*t are actually 100% true. Any scientists who had doubts about human-munching pythons were left without any ground to stand on when footage emerged showing a python being cut open and a half-digested adult man plopping out.
There it was, video footage confirming what most locals long knew to be true. Pythons can and do eat adult humans whole.
Now just one year later we have another case of an adult woman being eaten by a python. The footage, uploaded to Youtube to act as a warning to others of the dangers of snakes, shows villagers finding and cutting open a 23-foot snake only to find the remains of 54-year-old Wa Tiba.
Wa Tiba, who had gone missing the day before, went out to protect her crop from nearby boars. When she didn’t return by evening her village mounted a search effort and came across only her sandals, her torch, and her machete lying in the dirt by her plants. No sign of Wa could be found. However, villagers did then stumble across a 23-foot-long python lying 150 feet away from Wa’s belongings.
It was enormously swollen, and so bloated from a large meal that it couldn’t even move. The villagers soon put two and two together and cut the snake open, revealing the horrific corpse of Wa Tiba that had been lying in the beast’s belly for over 24 hours.
Graphic video shows Indonesian villagers cutting open the belly of a 23-foot python that had swallowed a woman. https://t.co/TnFhErbtVK— HuffPost (@HuffPost) June 17, 2018
“When they cut open the snake’s belly they found Tiba’s body still intact with all her clothes,” Faris, the mononym-bearing chief of the village, said. “She was swallowed first from her head.”
Wa Tiba was likely dead long before she was eaten by the python. Constrictor snakes like pythons and anacondas use enormous pressure to kill their prey before consumption and it’s been known for a long time that they can easily kill healthy adult humans. Furthermore constrictors tend to eat huge prey (like crocodiles) and it can take a long time to get the meal down, so they certainly can’t risk their dinner waking up mid-bite because nobody wants a p*ssed off alligator within snapping distance of their pancreas.
So there’s that…