Crocodile Leather Texture

Crocodiles, such as the Nile Crocodile, are abundant, predatory reptiles that rely on their rough skin for protection and survival in the wild. Crocodile skin is a very versatile leather popular in many applications due to its exceptional strength and durability.

Crocodile leather will also vary depending on the Grade of the skin, the tanning process, and the piece of the skin you are using. First of all, you will want to determine if what you need for production is the Crocodile’s back or the Crocodile’s belly.

Each has a unique texture:

Crocodile back
– A very rough, thick leather with a scaly stippled texture. Back skins are great for accenting surfaces with a wild, highly textured look or when a very durable surface is needed – a good piece of Crocodile leather is very durable and will last for years.

Crocodile belly – Expect a relatively thinner leather that is more easily shaped and is smoother to the touch. This is often the leather of choice for personal accessories like handbags, wallets, and boots.

As you can see, each have their own applications and advantages.

Especially with large scale production of products with Crocodile leather, you will want to be sure that your supplier gets you the best price on the Grade, Tanning options, and cuts you need.  The best way to ensure the legal, timely, and accurate importing of Crocodile Leather is by contacting a direct Exotic leather broker.  A broker who specializes in importing Exotics like Crocodile skins and is familiar with all aspects of the fishing, tanning, and importing procedures will provide the least hassle and can often give the best price.


  1. Yeah, it’s very rough on the back – in my experience there are also a lot of considerations between alligator hides and croc hides.

  2. of course, they have rough scales all around. The back skin is much smoother though, it’s what I use for my handbag designs. 🙂

  3. What about the Jersey Cut?

    This cut incorporates both characteristics of the belly with the tail fin of hornback. Ideal for boot makers.

  4. we had to make this decision in a veneer project I did, the back scales are much much thicker and tougher than the scales along its belly which might feel more soft, BTW yes a good broker is def. the way to go so look around

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