A massive 20 foot female python and the tiny male it was mating with were killed by hungry villagers who chopped up the creatures and cooked them in a stir fryLocals on the Malaysian island of Borneo found the pair inside a fallen tree while they were on a hunting trip last Saturday.
As they passed, the group heard strange noises coming from inside the dried out hollow log.
Using a chainsaw they cut through the bark and were thrilled to see the romping reptiles – which are considered a delicacy in the remote Sarawak region
Several men dragged the beasts out before they were shot and hauled on to a truck. Later they were served up to hungry townsfolk.
Prepared according to local custom, python is grilled over a fire or fried in a pan with vegetables then eaten with rice.
Delighted Tinsung Ujang, 60, who found the pair, said villagers in the town of Bintulu near the Kelawit River would feast on the meat for days.
He said: ‘I looked down into the hole in the wood and was surprised to see the female mating with a smaller male snake.
‘We had to split the timber to reach them and it was difficult to remove the snakes because of their size and the position. They were locked together.
‘I was even more surprised because I have never seen snakes mating before and never seen a giant python that was more than five metres long like this. The male python was quite small.
‘It was an amazing occurrence and I proceeded to shoot the two reptiles because for our community it is an exotic dish that is also our favourite dish.’
Tinsung said when he returned to town with the pythons on the back of a pick-up truck he was greeted with cheers.
‘The snake meat was then divided and its share was distributed equally to villagers and nearby farm workers.’
Reticulated pythons, a species found in Southeast Asia, are the worlds longest and largest snakes.