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Crocodile and Alligator are the most expensive of the exotic skins and have a very soft, smooth scaled surface. The skins are finished with either a highly polished gloss finish or with a natural unpolished matt finish. The skins are strong and pliable and very durable with each skin having a unique scale formation. The skins make up into very fine and beautifully luxurious products that are all unique due to the individuality of each skin. Crocodile Skins Explained The skins have 3 main areas:
Whilst we generally use alligator for our products, we do also use crocodile too, as they are very similar and so easily interchangeable. Crocodiles and Alligators belong to the same family of crocodilian species and the terminology of these skins tends to be based on where you live. For this reason it is quite usual in Europe to refer to all of these products as ‘Crocodile’ whilst in America the products are usually referred to as ‘Alligator’ irrelevant as to what they are actually made of. The main difference is that crocodile skins have very small dots towards the outside edge of the scales, which are very small hair follicles or sensory pores, which an alligator doesn’t have.
As with the lizard skins, it is illegal to trade in both skins without a full CITES licence, so there is a strict monitoring system in place for these luxury skins.