American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis)
The American alligator (alligator mississippiensis) is native to the Southeast USA. Alligator skin comes from alligators that are both farm-raised and captured in the wild, although always bred in the wild. The American alligator is one of the least bony of the 23 species of crocodile. As a result, the alligator skin is softer and has smoother scales than other types of crocodile skin, making it among the most luxurious Skin in the leather markets. Due to the nature of genuine alligator, their may be some natural imperfections which give each skin it's own character.
Ostrich (Struthio Camelus)
Ostrich skin is native to South Africa. Ostrich skin is both farm-raised for the meat. The skin is a byproduct.
Stingray & Shagreen
Stingray is often the most underrated. It is highly durable (25 times more durable than cowhide leathers) and has a unique supple texture. This leather is one of the most durable skins and is widely available. It can be textured to be bumpy or flat and painted in any color in a large number of possibilities. Under no threat of extinction, this fish provides a useful protein food to many regions throughout Southeast Asia.
The python is native to Southeast Asia. Python skin comes from pythons that are both farm-raised and captured in the wild and can grow from 2.5 to 3.5 meters long. Anyone that has ever traveled throughout Asia will know this and possibly have eaten BBQ python on a stick. Skins are culled from the wild each year and traded with strict quotas.
Shark (prionace glauca)
Shark leather is world known for its rough, course texture. In the coarser developments of shark skin, it has been used like sandpaper for polishing. However, the finer tanned shark skins are used for shoes, handbags, and other leather items. Highly sought after, these skins are by-products from fishing villages and international cuisine.
Lizard (varanus salvator)
Lizard skin leather has an incredibly smooth and elegant texture and is offerred in a medley of attractive colors. The hides are very thin yet not prone to tearing, making them useful for hand-stitching applications. Lizard skin has become a favorite for use in iPhone, BlackBerry, and other “smart phone” cases, especially in the European market.