After more than a decade spent photographing snakes in his free time, what did Laita learn about these slithering species? Laita says he now has more respect for how dangerous some species of snake can be.
"There are certain ones that can really mess with you if they want to," Laita says, while "some need to be really provoked."
Laita gave the example of the blue coral snake, which has an incredibly long venom gland, running nearly half the length of its body.
"In general I would say the snakes aren’t going to bother you if you don’t bother them," Laita says, but with "some you can’t do much more than say goodbye."
Blue Malaysian Coral Snake
- Distribution: Southeast Asia
- Habitat: Forest
- Length: Up to 6 feet