Louisiana Alligator and Caiman crocodilus

The leathers of both the Louisiana Alligator and the South-American Caiman crocodilus are one of the most popular varieties of precious leathers besides Crocodylus niloticus.


According to its origin, the Alligator mississippiensis is also known under the names Louisiana alligator and American alligator. The species comes from the Southeast of the USA where it spreads along the coastal plane of the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia up to Eastern Texas. Further up North it is also found along the Mississippi up to Oklahoma.
The Caiman crocodilus originates from vast parts of South America where it spreads between Southern Mexico and Northern Argentina.

Skin characteristics

The skin of the Louisiana Alligator and the Caiman crocodilus is gained by making use of the so called „back-cut“ method, where the skin is being cut open at the back.
The skin of the Louisiana Alligator shows a characteristic structure with rectangular scales in the area of the belly, tail and head, whereas the side parts, the so-called flanks, show round scales.
Due to the skin structure of the Caiman crocodilus solely the flanks can be utilized for bracelet fabrication. The scales on the flanks are bigger than those of the Louisiana Alligator, show characteristic round, respectively oval scales and have a cobweb structure.
Louisiana Allligator skin at a skin size (width) of 25 cm on average.
Caiman crocodilus flank with a size between 45 and 75 dm².