Selections from Mark Laita’s remarkable series “Serpentine”…
beauty in the world of reptals colorfull and deadly.
Why do the most beautiful patterned snakes have to be the most poisonous?
I am afraid of snakes but these are spellbinding photos.
I should tell you the snake story of my house
Photog says he did not even know he was bitten until he developed the pics…has one at the moment of the bite…and only survived as no venom was injected, also know as a “Dry bite.” Article further states Black Mamba bites (with venom, of course) are 100% fatal!
^ That is, 100% fatal if untreated. If you get prompt antivenom injections you may survive (though you’ll probably feel rotten for a couple days before the venom denatures.)
That guy was durned lucky it was a dry bite!
^Did not know that, but was surprised to see the “100% fatal” comment in the article. Saw the pic…gnarly stuff Durned lucky indeed!
As much as I can offer, in order of appearance (top to bottom): Blue Malaysian Coral Snake, Green Vine Snake, unknown to me, Beautiful Pit Viper, Mangshen Viper, King Cobra, unknown to me, Black Pakistan Cobra, Emerald Tree Boa (& babies!)…BTW, I did a little research on the project, subjects were not in a box, they were on the floor, simply on a black background. Photographer was bitten by a Black Mamba during the shoot-for real!
They’re all very beautiful, but they aren’t all deadly. That lowest one is an emerald tree boa (Corallus caninus), which isn’t even venomous.
I was wondering about that.
I agree, I’m no expert, but I think the red and white alternating colored one is a Milk Snake. Not Poisonous. Still these were some really amazing photos.
^ I think you’re right about the ‘candy cane’ snake. You’re definitely right about the photos’ amazingness. I wonder how many shots the photographer had to take to get these?
I have no idea, but perfection takes great effort and these are close to perfect for what the photographer was trying to achieve.
Update: After some searching I’ve concluded the red-and-white specimen is an ‘Albino Arizona Kingsnake’ (not a true albino, but that’s what it’s called.) Not only is it unvenomous, it’s a popular pet.
I wish there were descriptions/IDs. I think the first one is a Northern Red-bellied Snake (non-venomous) and the pippy-longstocking is a Ruthven’s Kingsnake (also non-venomous).
The two hooded ones, on the other hand, are definitely venomous!
Those three vividly-patterned ones with the pointed heads may be vipers- if so, they’re dangerous too.
I, also, would prefer some IDs.
Spectacularly beautiful. (maybe not for herpetophobes).
hard to figure how those were taken
I found myself wondering the same thing…I thought about the shoot as if I were the photographer…the set, the lighting, filters, angles…and gave up when I got to snake wrangling
I mean really! pretty mind boggling.
Perhaps the snakes are in a deep enclosure and the shots were taken using a zoom lens.
I, for one, wouldn’t get within striking distance of a cobra for any photo.
I’m with you, a couple look like viperids. we’re talking a reeeeally long stick