While pythons are a common occurrence in that region, the one hanging from a tree had a very big lump on his abdomen.
Neighbours found the snake in Akbar Salubiro's backyard looking very full.
Searchers found scattered palm oil fruit, tools and a boot, and discovered the massive python with a severely engorged stomach nearby.
Gruesome footage taken by West Sulawesi Police showed the bulging snake being sliced with a long knife and the clothed body being pulled out.
'Resident cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless'.
It was learnt that they found the python lying in Akbar's back garden with a giant bulge in its stomach on Monday night.
"They didn't find him (Akbar), but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch", Mashura, who goes by his first name, told BBC Indonesia.
Reticulated pythons are among the largest snakes in the world and "suffocate their victims before swallowing them whole", reported the BBC.
According to some of the villagers who helped retrieve Akbar's body, it's very rare, but not unheard of reticulated python to attack and to eat humans.
Video caught the moment as the missing man's corpse was removed from the killer python.
According to the Jakarta Post, Akbar's wife, Munu, found out her husband was dead only when pictures and video emerged in the news. But in the process of the python attempting to swallow Akbar, it then choked as well. They choke their victims to death before swallowing them whole.
Junaedi, the secretary of Salubiro village in West Wulawesi province, told The Associated Press that villagers began searching for the missing farmer, 25-year-old Abkar, on Monday night.
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