Finished Alligator Leather
Currently, depending upon the size and grade,
finished leather is selling for $10 to $40 per centimeter.
The measurement is taken at the widest part of the belly and measured
in centimeters across the belly. A six-foot long alligator will yield
a hide of approximately 36 centimeters in width. The prime part of the
hide is the belly. The legs and tail are not ordinarily graded. Holes,
scars and blemishes in the belly part of the hide detract from the value
and selling price. Larger alligators over nine feet long tend to have
calcium deposits called buttons on their bellies and necks. These buttons
tend to take dying improperly and are not very pliable. Heavily buttoned
hides may have character but are less valuable.