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Man-Eating Python

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In March 2017, a shocking video went viral. It showed a 23-foot-long python in Indonesia had eaten a man - whole. The horrifying incident has left many wondering just how these snakes do it, why Indonesia and where could be next?

Hosted by Rob Nelson (Science Channel’s Secrets of the Underground) Discovery’s all-new special MAN-EATING PYTHON reveals the science behind these remarkable python attacks and how we as humans could be contributing to the rise in them.  The one-hour special premieres on September 10 at 8ET on Discovery.

After Akbar Salubiro, a 25-year-old father of two and villager on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia, went missing, a search party ensued. The villagers captured their discovery on video as they sliced open the belly of a massive python only to find Akbar had been swallowed whole. The graphic cell phone footage serves as a reminder to urbanized and modern communities that humans still share the world with animals – many of them deadly.

 Now in MAN-EATING PYTHON, Nelson meets with python experts to try and understand the extraordinary stealth, speed, and power of pythons and the hurdles they must overcome in order to kill a fully-grown person. Nelson examines pythons through a series of studies to see how the snakes’ master camouflage, striking distance quick bite and constricting power make them capable of killing – and eating - a human being.  Because of our size and upright nature, a human is not typical python prey, but as we continue to encroach on their habitats, deadly attacks by these snakes could become more common

MAN-EATING PYTHON unpacks the details of Salubiro’s tragic final day, investigating what may have happened. But, Nelson also looks to the US and Florida’s Everglades where there’s a problem with huge pythons in the wild. Could these giant constrictors take down a human?