In his new book, Serpentine, photographer Mark Laita tackles the tricky photographic subject of snakes. Over the course of the last decade and a half he has captured these colorful, charismatic and sometimes creepy animals. DISCOVER's Breanna Draxler spoke with Laita about the project, and here we feature some of the most striking images and the stories behind them.
"I’m not a specialist in snakes," Laita says. "I just think they’re beautiful."
Controversy surrounds the taxonomy of the snake pictured here, and very little is known about this species in particular. But the genus is known to feed on frogs, lizards and small mammals.
White-Lipped Island Pit Viper
Cryptelytrops insularis/Trimeresurus insularis
- Distribution: Indonesia
- Habitat: Forest
- Length: Up to 5 feet