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Beautiful Snake Photography

It's a pretty accepted piece of wisdom that the one animal to be feared above all others is the serpent.

The bad rep of the snake has been in place literally since day one - with the evil serpent tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden and being persona non grata ever since. Now, while the animal itself is not entirely blameless - let's face it, there's a fair few pretty dangerous ones out there - it's often overlooked just how beautiful these creatures are.

This fantastic series by the Durban-based photographer Andrew McGibbon, entitled Slitherstition, aims to "challenge our conception of the snake being intrinsically evil". Photographed with warm light on bright colours, the sheer elegance of the creature is brought to the fore.

Take a look below at our 15 favourites - there's even more over at the Slitherstition Behance page. Make sure to follow Andrew's work at his Facebook page and website.

(Images: Andrew McGibbon)

Common File Snake - Gonionotophis capensis capensis

Forest Cobra - Naja melanoleuca

Coral Snake - Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus

Southern African Rock Python - Python natalensis

Ball Python - Python regis

Burmese Python - Python bivittatus

Rainbow Boa - Epicrates cenchria

Forest Cobra - Naja melanoleuca

Green Mamba - Dendroaspis angusticeps

Gaboon Viper - Bitis gabonica

Common File Snake - Gonionotophis capensis capensis

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Ivory Ball Python - Python regius

Grey banded king snake - Lampropeltis alterna

Common File Snake - Gonionotophis capensis capensis

Puff Adder - Bitis arientans