Alligator skin is commonly used for handbags, footwear, watchbands, garments, belts, wallets and other small leather goods. The American alligator (alligator mississippiensis) is native to the Southeast US. These animals are both wild-caught and farmed, both systems being monitored by each State’s Fish and Wildlife authority. In both cases, the skins are a byproduct of the meat. American alligator skin has medium to large belly scales, without the follicle markings of other types of crocodile skins. The lack of follicle markings and relatively low calcium content make for a smooth scale appearance. It has a larger flank section and narrower belly section than most other crocodile species. Tails are also wider than average for crocodile species of similar size. Alligator skin is available in a wide variety of sizes, grades, colors, finishes and price points, making it possible to find the perfect alligator skin for nearly any project.