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The Difference between Crocodile and Alligator Handbags

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In the world of luxury handbags, exotic skin is one of the highest quality materials in the market. Not only is it sleek and beautifully designed, but it is also sturdy, lasting for many years to come. There are a few different types of exotic skins used to make handbags, but the most sought after are alligator and crocodile. There is a lot of confusion and questions about the difference between alligator bags and crocodile bags. So let’s delve into the specifics of an alligator bag and a crocodile bag.

Both the alligator and crocodile have scales on their skin. The clear difference between the two is that the crocodile’s skin has little dots in each scale, their pores or hair follicles, while the alligator does not. These pores are the easiest way to tell if a product is crocodile or alligator.

Below you can see PORTERO’s Matte Niloticus Himalayan Crocodile Birkin 25 and Rose Sheherazad Shiny Porosus Crocodile Jige Elan 29. You can clearly see the pores in each tile, which give the crocodile bags their personality.

Himalayan Crocodile Birkin 35 available on

Rose Sheherazad Shiny Porosus Crocodile Jige Elan 29 available on

See: Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins.

In contrast, PORTERO’s Vintage Chanel Black Alligator 2.55 Flap Bag and Hermès Beton Matte Alligator Constance Clutch Wallet do not have tiny dots in their scales. Since there are no pores, it is clear that it is a alligator bag and not a crocodile bag.

Vintage Crocodile Chanel Flap Bag available on


Though both alligator and crocodile are similar, they have a few differences in appearance and habitat. Alligators are natives to the United States and China and live in freshwater such as marshes, rivers, and ponds. Crocodiles, on the other hand, can be found in tropic areas in as Africa, Australia, Asia, and the Americas. Crocodiles tend to live in freshwater, however, unlike the alligator it can also be found in brackish water and salt water.

While both Alligator and Crocodile are members of the crocodilian family, alligators tend to be more expensive due to rarity, softness, durability, texture, and symmetrical patterns. However, some crocodile bags such as the Nile Crocodile and the Porosus are equal to or even better than the best alligator bag due to rarity and quality of the crocodile skins.

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