Snakes don't bother me in the Indiana-Jones way they bother some people. I find them intriguing. Not that I'd want one in my house or dropping on me from a tree but I'd welcome one in my garden. A small, non-poisonous, non-constricting type of snake. I would accept without hesitation a snake that was willing to discuss books with me.
One of the pages I visited described snakes as sensually attractive. Do you think so? I'd describe them as streamlined and that's pleasing to the senses but in what other way are they sensual? They smell terrible. They're not cuddly. Nice to look at, yes, and I didn't realize they came in such dazzling shades of blue and I love blue things!
The following photographs were taken by Guido Mocafico. His web site is here. He takes pictures of all kinds of things besides snakes but his snakes are lovely. He arranges them in rectangular boxes.
Another photographer who has done snake portraits is Mark Laita. He has other very interesting work that you will recognize immediately. You can check out his website here. Mark Laita arranges his snakes in a freestyle configuration.
|Mexican Black King|
|Philippine Pit Viper|
|Vogel's Pit Viper|
So if a photographer is fiddling around with snakes, in the case of Mark Laita the most poisonous snakes in the world, one begins to wonder whether they get bitten, doesn't one? The answer to that is yes and the cool thing is because they're photographers they have a camera ready to record the event! Even if they didn't know it at the time.
|Still life fruits don't bite. Just saying.|
He says he didn't realize he had been bitten by the Black Mamba until he processed the pictures and saw it latched onto his leg. So why wasn't he dead instead of viewing a shocking photo of what should have been certain death?
Poison uses a lot of resources to manufacture. Since it takes so much out of the snake to make it, adult snakes use it sparingly and Mark Laita received a venomless bite or what is known as a dry bite. Most poisonous snake bites are received from juvenile snakes who have not yet learned to budget their venom. (Poisonous spiders are also capable of dry bites)
The frequency of dry bites depends on the type of snake with some delivering non-venomous bites 80% of the time and others only 5% and as you can imagine the later types of snake live in Australia. Black Mamba's are African, however. Envenomed Mamba bites are mostly fatal unless you can get help fast. It's got the fastest acting venom in all of snakedom and it delivers a few hundred times the amount of venom actually needed to kill you. A Mamba has been documented as killing a 7,500 pound elephant. What it planned to do with that elephant once it was down is unknown but I bet that day it reconsidered the wisdom in only being able to swallow its prey whole.