Horrifying pictures show her body being cut out of the snake after her kids found her sandals, machete and torch around 30 metres from a patch of bushes that appeared ruffled.
The victim, named as Wa Tiba, was last seen at about 6.45pm when she went out to tend to the family garden.
Her sons then saw an enormous python lounged on the ground barely able to move – it had swallowed the 54-year-old housewife head first.
Neighbour Ayu Kartika said: ”Everybody was crying, everybody was shocked. The poor woman. This is like a horror movie. People are terrified.
“We are scared to go outside. We can only pray for a safety.”
Cops were called and by 9am on Friday hundreds of villagers had gathered round the patch of grass in the remote Mabolu Village in the Lohia Regency of Muna province.
The snake’s skin was sliced open to reveal the slime-covered corpse of the housewife – she was still wearing her brown leggings and dark red top.
The knife she had gone out with the previous evening was found on the floor – suggesting she had dropped it after being set upon by the killer python.
Have snakes eaten humans alive before in this part of the world?
Sulawesi is an island in Indonesia that is home to some of the biggest and most deadly wild pythons in the world.
In March last year, a young farmer was found dead having also been swallowed by an enormous killer snake.
Footage showed him being cut from the python’s stomach after going missing the night before while harvesting on a rubber plantation.
Farming, forestry is and fishing are the two main industries in Sulawesi, meaning many residents have to spend large amounts of time in the wild – increasing the risk of them being attacked by predators.
Police superintendent Agung Ramos from the Muna district Indonesian National Police said Wa Tiba had went out to check her garden the previous evening and never returned.
He said: ”Children and residents had been looking for Wa after she did not return home.
“Some items belonging to victim, sandals, machete, and flashlights, were found but the victim was not there.
”The family then reported this to the police and the search reached its conclusion at 9am. Residents found a python that looked like it was unable to move.
“Residents then suspected the snake swallowed Wa Tiba.