Snake and crocodile leather
Most snakes live underground or under rocks, some live in trees and slide around eating insects and small animals. Many snakes lay eggs that are incubated by the sun, while others, such as garter snakes and rattlesnakes, carry their eggs in their bodies and give birth to fully developed young. Female pythons wrap their bodies around their eggs and shiver to heat themselves up to keep the eggs warm. To kill snakes for their skins, hunters invade their homes and often nail them to trees and skin them alive before tossing them in a pile to die. The snakes can suffer for days before succumbing to shock or dehydration. The most noticeable difference between alligators and crocodiles is their teeth. Alligators have a large fourth tooth in their lower jaw that fits inside their upper jaw when they close their mouths; with crocodiles, these teeth are visible when their mouths are closed. Snakeskin is used to make clothing such as vests, belts, boots or shoes or fashion accessories such as handbags and is used to cover the sound board of some string musical instruments, such as the banhu,san xian or the sunshine. Snake leather is regarded as an exotic product alongside crocodile, lizard, ostrich, emu, makecamel, among others. With crocodile and lizard leathers, it belongs to the category of reptile leathers, with a scaly appearance. When it comes to making luxurious and unique handbags, few materials can rival the exotic appeal of crocodile skin. Crocodile hides have a very distinctive texture tmakesthem instantly recognizable and distinct from common cowhide .However, there are other exotic materials on the market that may rival the exotic appeal and luxury of crocodile leather for handbags. One such material is python skin. Handbags typically require very large panels. To craft a large handbag with a single hide per panel. Both crocodile and python skins come in sizes that are easily large enough for almost any handbag panel some species of python can grow to be 6.5 meters long, and 60 cm wide. With a hide of this size, filling multiple handbag panels is possible with a single skin. On the other end of the spectrum, a “small” python hide may be roughly 1.5 meters long and 25 cm wide; probably not big enough for handbag panels. Crocodile skins can vary greatly in size depending on species. For example, the caiman crocodile is typically only 4-6 feet long, but the Nile and American crocodiles average up to 14 feet long in the wild. For larger handbags that don’t use a structured style, the handbag material has to be able to flex without creasing to maximize useful life and attractiveness. After all, high-fashion clients don’t want to tote around a cracked bag. Virtually all types of python skins make for extremely flexible leather goods, and are very resistant to creasing, making them an ideal handbag material. Both python and crocodile skins are very easy to distinguish from common cowhide. The large scales of a crocodile create a clean, but distinct, look for high-fashion accessories. Python skins, on the other hand, have much smaller and more intricate scales compared to the broad plates of an alligator hide. Yet, these skins also commonly feature intricate natural markings and color patterns that can capture attention wherever the wearer goes.