For the past year, LA-based photographer Mark Laita has been hiking around the U.S. and Central America, photographing some of the world’s deadliest snakes for a project entitled ‘Serpentine’, of which he says:

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.

Above (top to bottom): Phillipine Pit Viper, Malayan Coral Snake, Rosy Boa and Mexican Black King Snake.

See the complete collection here.

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