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   xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Oct 26 10:28 PM

Oct 27th, 2017: SNEKs

Mark Laita is a long time photographer fascinated by the shapes and colors of snakes, preferably just
after shedding when the colors are most vibrant.

Handlers assisted him in laying each snake on a piece of black velvet, which slowed these fast movers enough to grab the photographs. The dark background also allowed the eye to focus on the form, texture, and color of the species. “By putting it on a black background, it removes all of the variables. It makes it just about the snake,” shared Laita. “If it is a red snake in the shape of a figure eight, all you have is this red swipe of color.”

While photographing a black mamba at a facility in Central America, the deadly snake struck. “It was a very docile snake,” he recalls. “It just happened to move close to my feet at some point. The handler brought his hook in to move the snake, and he inadvertently snagged the cord from my camera. That scared the snake, and then it struck where it was warm. That happened to be the artery in my calf.” Miraculously, though the blood soaked through his socks and shoes, he survived the bite.

Considering the black mamba's venom is deadly and can potentially make a person collapse within 45 minutes, Laita is extremely lucky. In fact, he was so preoccupied with the shoot, he didn't realize he'd been bitten until the handler told him. After 20 minutes of feeling ok, he decided not to seek medical attention—something herpetologists later told him was a big mistake because something could have happened even hours later. It was only the next day he realized he'd actually snapped a photograph of the bite as it occurred.
When will people realize sneks are sneaky, slimy, agents of Evil from Hell.

Griff  Friday Oct 27 07:39 AM

I won't be sharing this. Sneks are not a thing for me but holy shit do my ladies freak out.

glatt  Friday Oct 27 08:35 AM

I would at least wear long pants if I was taking pictures of a black mamba. And socks.

Call me crazy.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 27 10:04 AM

It said, "the blood soaked through his socks and shoes", so he must have had those slipper socks that don't help cover the leg. At least shin guards minimum and metal armor or bomb tech's suit be more gooder.

Diaphone Jim  Friday Oct 27 01:04 PM

That guy should buy lottery tickets.
I never heard of snake bites bleeding even a little, but an arterial strike is hat must have saved him.
Nice snake photos.
I like snakes in general, but HATE poisonous ones. Even after they bite you and you pound them into a million pieces with your shovel and 12 gauge, you are toast.

Gravdigr  Friday Oct 27 01:19 PM

Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim View Post
That guy should buy lottery tickets.
Nope. He done used up all his luck.

Fuq snek.

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