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.

Adapted from Serpentine by Mark Laita | Quotes adapted by Reader's Digest Editors

Albino Black Pastel Royal Python

“The more hidden the venom, the more dangerous it is.”
—Marguerite de Valois

Rowley's Palm Pit Viper

“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

“There's a snake lurking in the grass.”

Royal Python

“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

“Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.”

Beautiful Pit Viper

“He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.”
—The Bible

Red Spitting Cobra

“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

“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.”


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

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