Villagers launched a search for Wa Tiba, 54, after was reported missing on the island of Muna on Thursday evening.
Her head was towards the snake's tail and her feet at its mouth - showing that she had been swallowed head first.
The snakes normally feed on smaller mammals.
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She found only Tiba's footprints, her flashlight, her machete and slippers. More than 100 people starting looking for Tiba in the village of Persiapan Lawela on the island.
About 50 yards away, they found one of those reticulated pythons with a swollen belly, according to the Post. A long bulge midway down its body had a foreboding look to it. They killed the snake, and dragged it back to the village.
Numerous villagers jostle to take images and videos of the event. They captured the snake, cut open its belly and found the woman's body.
Police chief Hamka said that the villagers found the giant python lying about 30 metres from Ms Tiba's sandals and machete, adding that she was swallowed head first and her body was found intact.
At least, that's what they normally do. Cornell professor Harry W. Greene told the newspaper that reticulated pythons rarely attack humans, likely only going after game that big and unsafe if they are suddenly startled.