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Croc experts?

MyOtherLife

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Thay are so...so...animal! However I DO like them...but not at this price.
 

DWFII

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That's caiman, pretty sure. Not only does the pitting in the tiles look unattractive, the tiles tend to be extremely brittle due to inclusions in the tiles called "osteoderms"--essentially bones. Shoes made from Caiman tend to be much less supple than either alligator or crocodile and they crack fairly readily.

It's tempting for a maker to use Caiman rather than alligator because the caiman is so much less expensive...but the consumer can still be charged a premium.

That said, I've broken/cracked the osteroderms on caiman with less pressure than a shoe or boot would be subject to in normal wear.
 
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Isn't fuscus python? The guy put a picture of the purported source in the listing:

 

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What are the general signs of a good quality gator skin that I should be looking for when examining a bag or shoes made of crocodile? Thanks.

-LR
 
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