Mark Laita is an advertising and fine art photographer based in Los Angeles. This work is from his project, Serpentine, of which he writes: ‘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’.
reptilesrevolution: This is a very colorful, and young, Broad-banded water snake (Nerodia fasciata confluens). This snake occurs across much of the southeastern United States including the eastern third of Texas. Broadening of the head (demonstrated here) is a common defensive posture by banded water snakes when threatened to resemble a venomous snake such as a cottonmouth. texasfishingforum.com