Crocodile Vs. Caiman Skin Handbag

For consumers seeking to buy an exotic skin handbag, they are often faced with a couple of choices, including crocodile and caiman hides. Both of these reptiles are part of the crocodilian family and are very similar looking, but there are extremely distinctive differences between the two skins. Farbod Barsum artisans use both skins to design their exclusive line of signature bags, making them experts at identifying the skins.


Crocodile Skins

Crocodiles are a species of amphibious reptile found throughout the world in both fresh-water and salt-water environments. One of the most significant characteristics of a crocodile skin handbag is the tiny pore holes found in each of the scales. Crocodiles have tiny hairs that line the scales to help them navigate their underwater homes. After the hide is tanned, the bag manufacturer will carefully and meticulously remove each hair, leaving behind the pore cluster holes.

Another giveaway to crocodile skins is that the scales are oval in shape, and bigger than caiman scales.

Caiman Skins

Caimans are much smaller than both crocodiles and alligators, often measuring only four feet long. Due to the lower quality of skins, a caiman skin accessories often costs much less, about one-tenth of the price of a crocodile bag. This South American species, known as the Caiman Crocodile or Columbian Crocodile, comes from South America swamplands and has pock marks on the tiles. The scales are also much more concave in shape and are about half an inch in width smaller than crocodile scales.

To select the right type of skin for you, it’s important to know the difference between these two reptiles. Farbod Barsum designers are experts in their field, and design beautifully tailored caiman and crocodile skins.