By Malayanil @themalayanil

MOST people would run a mile if they saw a snake in the house – but a young photographer is out to prove they are misunderstood creatures

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Menacing? A smooth scaled water snake coils for the camera

Nilanjan Mukherjee, 24, is an amateur photographer and nature enthusiast from Kolkata in West Bengal, India.

As a young boy Nilanjan had a fondness for the slimy reptiles and vowed to change the perception of them.

Stripes: A monocled cobra sticks its forked tongue

He is adamant that even cobras and vipers are not animals to be afraid of.

Looking at me? A little yellow monitor appears calm in the light

Since childhood he has been interested in reptiles, amphibians and freshwater fish species.

Watching you: A rat snake has unusually large eyes

Nilanjan photographs the juvenile reptiles to make people aware that even these feared and misunderstood creatures can be delicate and beautiful.

Young Nilanjan has been obsessed with snakes since he was a boy

"I have been documenting wildlife and biodiversity, especially around urban and suburban areas for the past five years in order to increase awareness," said Nilanjan.

Vantage point: A spectacled cobra raises its head

He uses a field studio method to photograph these reptiles - and his aim is to highlight his subjects without any distractions.

A common sand boa slithers on the floor

For this, he carries a light box and acrylic sheets whenever he is looking for snakes and lizards.

Small but deadly: This Russell's viper is lethal to its victims

He hopes his pictures will be able to change people’s minds about the slithery critters.

A spectacled cobra has two distinctive spots near its head

He added: "Photographing baby reptiles came to my mind when I first found a little Buff striped keel-back snake in my backyard.

“It was really small and beautiful.”