The royal python, pictured here, is also known as a ball python for its tendency to curl into a ball when frightened or stressed. The cream and yellow colors of this albino version contrast with the species' normally black and brown color.
Even this stationary subject, though, displays the fluid lines and graceful beauty of snakes: the perfect subjects for a book which Laita calls an "exploration of shape and color and form and movement."
Albino Black Pastel Royal Python
- Distribution: Central and West Africa
- Habitat: Grassland, dry forest
- Length: 3 to 5 feet