Australia is known for its coveted crocodilian skins from our largest reptiles. Crocodile Porosus (Saltwater Crocodiles) found in Australia are certainly the most prized and considered to be one of the world's rarest. The commercial value of Crocodile Porosus hide is very high (the most valuable of any crocodile species) due to the particular size and shape of the underbelly scales, and the lack of ventral osteoderms which may make tanning difficult. The osteoderms on Crocodile Porosus are restricted to the back in addition to a small nuchal cluster on the neck region. Young Crocodile Porosus is indeed gorgeous and, evidently today, the most expensive crocodile skin but particular clients may prefer other species or certain age groups for their unique visual idiosyncrasies.
HOW TO RECOGNISE A CROCODILE
1. BACK HORNS
The neck of all the crocodilian reptiles has a number of small ‘horns’ or bumps - a trained eye can decipher that they are arranged in a fixed pattern of rows which is exclusive to each animal - alligator, crocodile and caiman. For an alligator, it is 2 rows of 2 horns each; for a crocodile, it is two rows with 4 and 2 horns each.
This pattern will become discernible only in the ‘hornback cut’ - where the hide is cut to keep the neck pattern intact (as opposed to the belly cut).
2. SKIN PORES
In crocodile leather, the tiles (or scales) are more uniform - the pattern on one side of the belly is almost symmetrical to the other side. Also, each tile will have a small dot that will be often visible - a remnant of the hair follicle that was present there (an exclusive distinguishing characteristic of a crocodile).
All crocodiles are characterized by a lizardlike shape and a thick skin composed of close-set overlapping bony plates (tiles or scales).
The world's largest reptile species are the Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus Niloticus) of Africa and the saltwater, or estuarine, crocodile (C. Porosus) from Australia. They both reach lengths of up to 20 feet (6 meters) and can weigh about 2,200 pounds (more than 1,000 kilograms).
You can determine authentic porosus crocodile by understanding that Porosus Crocodile scales on the flanks (sides) are more oval in shape than most other species and that belly scales are often rectangular, even, tight, and relatively small. More importantly Christopher Hanlon® Crocodile Skin™ is exclusively authentic Australian crocodile sourced from Australian crocodile farms which is sold with official Australian Government Certification (paperwork).
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