Tyler Shields Snake on a Birkin Goes Face-to-Face with a Model

10/13/2016 3:26 PM PDT

Tyler Shields Photographs Snake on a Birkin

EXCLUSIVE

Shock photographer Tyler Shields is obsessed with high-priced handbags ... specifically, doing strange things to them for the sake of his art. 

Shields got a living python to wrap around a $185k Birkin bag for a photo shoot ... and convinced a model to get involved in the slithery action. Like, really involved.

Tyler didn't burn anything luxurious this time around, but we're told the shoot still took a few hours. Hopefully the model wasn't ophidiophobic.