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June 13, 2013

The Academy Of Natural Sciences Of Drexel University Charms Museum Goers With Its Serpentine Photo Exhibit, Opening June 15

See the natural beauty of the Mayan Coral snake through the lens of Mark Laita in the new exhibit Serpentine at the Academy of Natural Sciences. (Photo by Mark Laita)

This summer, slither into the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University to view an unusual display of science and artistry.

In Serpentine, fine-arts photographer Mark Laita highlights the natural beauty of some of the world’s deadliest snakes and serpents.

The exquisite exhibition will be on display in the Art of Science Gallery from June 15 through September 22.

Along with his book of the same name, the 12 photographs that make up Serpentine are the culmination of photos he snapped over a year that Laita spent in Central America mesmerized by dangerous creatures like pit vipers, pythons and coral snakes.

In order to capture his subjects at their most vivid, Laita snapped each photo just after his “model” shed its skin.

The images celebrate the vibrant colors, rich textures and sinuous movements of these alluring reptiles.

Whether you’re a snake fan or snake-phobic, chances are you’ve never seen them quite like this before.

Serpentine at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University
When: June 15-September 22
Where: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Free with museum admission $15 for adults; $13 for children ages 3-12, seniors, military and students; free for Drexel DragonCard holders and children under 3
More info: www.ansp.org

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