Laita was working on another book, which he called Serpentine. “My intention was to explore color, shape and movement, using snakes as a subject,” he told Wired on February 22, 2013. “But of course herpetologists will probably enjoy these photographs as well.”
As a result, Laita traveled across the U.S. and photographed all kinds of snakes. But it wasn’t just the deadly ones he was interested in. “I shot everything from the most venomous – an Inland Taipan – to a harmless garter snake,” Laita explained.
While he was photographing his subjects, Laita wore protective gear appropriate for each snake. He took the utmost care, especially when dealing with the most dangerous. For example, the king cobra – which Laita thinks is the most dangerous – was too lethal to remove from its protective box.