Villager kills huge python

Slithery encounter: Villagers looking at the dead python in Sibu.

SIBU - A villager stepped on "something slippery and hard" and discovered it was a 5.5m-long python.

"In a split second, I swung my parang. It was an act of self-defence," said the man, identified only as Anong.

Anong and several other villagers of Kampung Pergau in Matu district, about three hours' drive from here, were collecting firewood in a jungle near their home at about 1pm on Thursday when the encounter took place.

"I panicked when I stepped on it. Until now, I still cannot believe that I killed it before it could attack me," he said, his voice trembling.

Apparently, the python weighed about 85kg.

The villagers were stunned to see the size of the reptile.