A pre-operative transgender woman has cut off her ears, shaved her nose and had scales tattooed all over her body in a bid to look like a rattlesnake.
Dragon Lady Eva Tiamat Baphoment Medusa – who likes to referred to as it, like a snake would be – has spent the last 20 years attempting to look more like a reptile.
He was originally born a man named Richard Hernandez and his son Marcos Hernandez in April 1997, virtually unrecognisable before the surgery
It believes that it was brought up by Western Diamondback rattlesnakes after it was abandoned by its parents as a young boy.
Tiamat has had several dramatic body modifications over the years, including having its ears cut off, a shaved nose, horn implants, eyebrow dome implants, a forked tongue, fangs and dyed the whites of its eyes green.
It also wants to be covered from head to toe in tattooed scales and body piercings – including in the armpit.
Tiamat did not use a doctor for the cosmetic surgery and instead turned to a body modification artist. She has spent around $60,000 so far (£45k).
The Dragon Lady told Fox 10 : “I was born to my human mother in the Phoenix area, but I was born to my reptilian parents when my mother and stepfather abandoned me to the woods.
“My whole transformation today is basically an honor to my reptilian parents which are the rattlesnakes.. the Western Diamondback in particular.”
“I don’t care what people say about me or my views, and if I have to I will defy and stand alone against the world, but never will I make any compromise to my integrity.”
Tiamat says the reaction to its unique look is often positive.
“People love me.. I go out and I am greeted with smiles.