Snake Pictures That Are Scary and Beautiful at the Same Time

Though the slithering critters might creep you out, these artistic snake pictures are incredibly cool. For his new book Serpentine, photographer Mark Laita snapped pictures of snakes looking surreal, twisted, and unnaturally gorgeous.

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Albino Black Pastel Royal Python

Albino Black Pastel Royal Pythoncourtesy of Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013)
“The more hidden the venom, the more dangerous it is.”
—Marguerite de Valois

Rowley's Palm Pit Viper

Rowley's Palm Pit Vipercourtesy of Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013)
“O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
—The Bible

Venomous King Cobra

Venomous King Cobracourtesy of Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013)
“There's a snake lurking in the grass.”

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Royal Python

Royal Pythoncourtesy of Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013)
“The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep.”

Albino Honduran Milksnake

Albino Honduran Milksnakecourtesy of Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013)
“Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.”

Beautiful Pit Viper

Beautiful Pit Vipercourtesy of Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013)
“He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.”
—The Bible

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Red Spitting Cobra

Red Spitting Cobracourtesy of Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013)
“The snake that cannot shed its skin perishes. Likewise those spirits who are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be spirits.”
—Friedrich Nietzche

Moroccan Cobra

Moroccan Cobracourtesy of Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013)
“There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.”


Serpentinecourtesy of Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013)
For more, see Mark Laita's book Serpentine (Abrams, 2013).

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