"The sensual attractiveness of snakes, which coexists with their threatening, unpredictable and mysterious nature is truly unique. This dichotomy, in which their beauty seems to be heightened by their danger, and vice-versa, is what I find so fascinating. Add to these contradictions the rich symbolism of serpents and you have a wonderfully compelling subject."
Los Angeles based photographer Mark Laita has traveled all over the world photographing these beautifully mysterious creatures for his new book, Serpentine - and now you can enjoy viewing them in detail from the safety of your sofa. Since this is the year of the snake , this could make a perfect addition to your library.