Quality Isn't Expensive. It's Priceless

Alligator and crocodile skin prices fluctuate according to market demand, supply availability, and currency exchange rates.   Price is based on 2 factors:  grade and size.   The better the grade and higher the size, the more expensive the skin.

American Tanning and Leather LLC supplies luxury brands, small craftsmen, and individual buyers with the finest skins available at the very best value.

The grade or selection of the skin is determined primarily by the quantity and location of natural defects in the skin.  Our leather is the same, luxuriously tanned quality from a Grade 1 to Grade 5.  We never cut corners on making leather.

How are alligator and crocodile measured?

Alligators are measured by the centimeter, with the measurement calculated by placing a ruler east/west across the belly.  The skin must be flat, and the measurement is taken from edge to edge, not including the outermost half bone, with partial centimeters being rounded down.


(Ex: A skin measuring 48.75 cm will be measured as 48 cm).

  • Healed Scars

    Healed scars are old battle wounds and bite marks.  Healed scars have closed grain, and may be acceptable in the cutting area, depending on the project.

  • Open Scars/ Cuts

    Open scars and cuts are wounds that were fresh and unhealed on the skin.   These types of defects have open grain, and typically cannot be included in the cutting area.

  • Holes

    Holes usually occur from scars or cuts that opened up during the tanning process due to the mechanical action of the drum rotation.  Holes may also be a result of poor skinning technique.

  • Parasites

    Parasite damage appears as tiny round "bored" holes.  They are a result of leeches and are only found on wild alligators.  Parasite damage may be healed or open.

  • Wide Umbilical Scars

    Wide umbilical scars are more prevalent in farm raised alligators and rarely occur on wild alligators.  The cause of wide umbilical scars has been debated with causes ranging from egg handling to early hatching.

  • Wrinkling

    Wrinkling may occur in both farmed and wild alligators.  Wrinkles can be a result from raw skin issues such as rapid weight loss of a sick wild alligator or improper diet. Wrinkles can also be caused from tanning issues.

  • Grain Damage

    Grain damage may be caused from improper raw skin preservation and care.  It may also occur from poor tanning techniques which result in overheating (and burning) of the skin during the tanning process.

  • Bones/ Buttons

    Bones or "buttons" are osteoderms which form in the skin.  Bones are usually found in the neck and upper belly region in larger wild alligators and are rarely found in small or farmed animals.