Yes, I think it’s fair to say that most of us find snakes a little scary. And it can be for good reason. On a trip to Botswana I took, my friends and I awoke to a ten foot python peering down at us from the rafters of the bathroom. It provoked the most intense ‘flight response’ I think I’ve ever experienced. However, snakes can also be gorgeous, as Mark Laita’s new coffee-table book, Serpentine shows.  In his words: The rich symbolism and intense reactions that snakes evoke were the inspiration for this collection of images.  Intense indeed. A stunning collection of beautiful creatures.

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