photos by Mark Laita, for the book 'Serpentine,' a collection of gorgeously lit snakes on a black background. I'm not a fan of snakes but Wow I can appreciate the beauty of color , texture and patterns.
Gouache on paper painting by Velia De Iuliis, titled Pain - depicting a Black Mamba snake. One of the most dangerous snakes, the mamba's venom is believed to have potential pain relieving properties for humans.
The black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), also called the common black mamba or black-mouthed mamba, is the longest venomous snake in Africa, averaging around to meters to 10 ft) in length, and sometimes growing to lengths of meters ft).