Akbar Salubiro, 25, went missing on Sunday night after setting off to harvest palm oil in a remote village on the island of west Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Concerned friends and relatives found a giant python sprawled out in Akbar's own back garden the next evening - and feared he had been suffocated and swallowed.
Akbar's lifeless body was found inside the serpent after horrified locals sliced open its belly using a 18-inch long hunting knife.
Neighbour Satriawan - who knew Akbar - said: 'He was found in the location of the garden.
'Initially Akbar set out from his home to go to harvest palm. After not returning to his home, people looked for him.'
Akbar's wife, Munu, was away at the time and only found out when pictures and video emerged in the news, local media reported.
Village secretary Salubiro Junaidi said: 'People had heard cries from the palm grove the night before Akbar was found in the snake's stomach.
'When the snake was captured, the boots Akbar was wearing were clearly visible in the stomach of the snake.
'Resident cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless.'
Reticulated pythons are boa constrictors that suffocate their victims before swallowing them whole.