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Learning Exotic Leather: Nile Crocodile

Posted by Mark Mendal on Apr 20, 2015 3:45:00 PM

The Animal

The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is native to the African continent, mostly in the central, southern and eastern areas. Its average size ranges from 13-15 feet with the longest of the species reaching lengths of up to 26 feet. Around 200,000 Nile crocodiles are farmed annually.

The Nile crocodile is one of the premier leather materials used for footwear, handbags and other leather products.The Skin

The Nile Crocodile’s skin is often compared to the American alligator because of its low bone content. It is relatively long compared to its width and it has a particularly long, narrow tail.

One of the very distinct features of the skin is the tiny follicle on each of its individual scales. 
The scales on this croc are very large and more square than round towards the corners of the tiles.

Using Nile Crocodile Hide for Your Leather Project

Use Nile crocodile skin on your next project as an alternative to Ameriacan alligator hide or for a tighter texture with better breaks in the skin.Nile crocodile skin is commonly used in footwear (particularly cowboy boots), handbags, belts and small leather goods. 

As one of the premier textures on the market and a top-tier alternative to American alligator skin at a slightly lower price, the Nile crocodile presents a unique set of features for your upcoming designs. And we look forward to supplying the hide to you. For more on how to use Nile crocodile in your next leather project, contact us to set up a FREE project consultation today!

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Topics: crocodile skin