Indonesian Security Guard Gets Bit In Encounter With Very Large Reticulated Python
October 9, 2017
A security guard at a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia had an encounter with a very large reticulated python (Python reticulatus) at the end of September, which ended in the death of the snake. The snake was estimated to be 23 feet in length.
"I tried to catch it, my hand was bitten, and I managed to wrestle it," Robert Nababan told Detik, an Indonesian news organization. The bite was so severe, according to a BBC news report, that the hand might have to be amputated. Nababan was taken to a hospital where he is recovering from the snake bite.
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The reptile was killed and the meat was donated to the village. Reticulated pythons are common in Indonesia and rarely attack humans, though a farmer in West Sulawesi, Indonesia was apparently cut out of a 23-foot long reticulated python in March 2017. The snakes are common in the reptile hobby, especially the s0-called dwarfs and super dwarf varieties, which are said not to grow as large, averaging six to 12 feet, depending on the type of dwarf.