A woman in Indonesia was killed and eaten by a 9-metre-long python. The victim, Siriati, 30, went missing from her home on the morning of July 2, the Strait Times reported.

30-foot python swallows woman in Indonesia (representative image)

A mother of five left her home in Luwu Regency, South Sulawesi, to buy medicine for her sick child. When she did not return, worried relatives launched a search.

Her husband, Adiansya, 30, found her being eaten by a 30-foot python, The Sun reported.

The snake is said to have attacked Siriati as she was walking alone through the trees. It crushed her to death by constriction before beginning to swallow her. When Adiansya found her, Siriati’s legs were sticking out of the python’s mouth.

The Indonesian killed the snake in an attempt to save his wife. But it was too late, as Siriati was already dead.

What happened on July 2?

“The victim wanted to go out to buy medicine for her child. Her youngest son is three years old. She was visiting her brother and had to go through the forest first,” said Iyang, the village secretary of Siteba village in Indonesia.

“Her brother waited for a long time but the victim did not come. That is why her brother called the victim’s husband. The husband said that Suriati had been away since early morning. So the husband went looking for his wife,” Iyang explained.

The estimated time of death is 7:30 a.m. on July 2 (local time).

Walenrang police chief Deputy Superintendent of Police Idul said the woman’s body was found intact. “The body was intact but perhaps the bones had been crushed. The body is already at the funeral home for a religious ceremony,” he said.

This is the second such incident in less than a month in South Sulawesi. In early June, the body of a 45-year-old woman was found inside a python that had swallowed her whole. Indonesia is home to several species of pythons, including the Burmese python and the reticulated python.