A python has devoured a Territory woman's 5.8kg pet dog, including the collar and name tag.
Patty Buntine's three-year-old maltese terrier-cross Bindi disappeared from her Katherine home last Wednesday.
Ms Buntine said she was worried when Bindi failed to show up for her routine 7am breakfast. "She was always there so I got worried and went to look for her," she said.
"I went around the side of the house and that's when I found the snake. It couldn't move and had its head up in a striking position."
"It's belly was bulging - it looked like a great big coconut was inside it.
"I knew straight away that it had ate Bindi. I felt terrible - it's not very nice at all to think my little dog went that way."