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Snake leather is usually processed into bags, belts or shoes. As there are many snake species, there are also many snake leather types.

Python leather

Python leather is the most common snake leather type. Various objects are made from python leather. Many Python species are protected species. Python leather comes partly from breeding farms and the skin has a sufficiently large surface, to produce leather objects from it.



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Python leather. A python's skin can grow very large.


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Leather shoes and leather boots made of python leather.



Python leather jacket.



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Python stretch leather trousers.


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Suitcase made of python leather.


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Leather handbags from the collection of Ms. Ursula Kayser from Göttingen in Germany.


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Handbag made of Indian python (black-tailed python or Indian rock python), seen in the DLM - German Leather Museum in Offenbach.


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Python leather handbag of and belt made of python leather.



Python leather handbag, finished with a pigment colour layer and ironed.


Cobra leather


Cobra snake, seen in the DLM - German Leather Museum in Offenbach.


The Indian cobra (spectacled cobra, Asian cobra or binocellate cobra) is 1.2-1.7 metres long and is a subspecies of the cobra. Indian cobras are dangerous poisonous snakes. The spectacle cobra has the typical mark on the back of the head, reminiscent of glasses. The coloration of the skin is usually brownish.

The Washington Convention on Species Protection provides rare animals with worldwide protection. Trade in Indian cobras and products therefore is prohibited. When the trade was still permitted, e.g. handbags were produced from cobra skin.

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Cobra leather handbag from India from the end of the fifties, early sixties.



Cobra leather suitcase from 1982.



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Leather of the Indian cobra has a distinctive marking (spectacle pattern on the snake's hood).


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Biker wallet made of cobra leather.

Belt made of cobra leather, seen in the DLM - German Leather Museum in Offenbach.


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Leather vest made of cobra leather.


Water snake leather

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Water snake leather handbag from about 1920 (left and right from the collection of Ms. Ursula Kayser from Göttingen in Germany, middle on of


Boa constrictor

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Boa Constrictor as parchment.


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Boa constrictor chrome tanned.



Drum covered with boa leather from Salvador da Bahia in Brazil.




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Kingsnake skin as parchment.



Anacondas live in many parts of South America. The great anaconda is one of the largest snakes in the world. The anaconda is not a protected species. The skin of the anaconda is processed into shoes, belts or bags.

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Handbag from 1946 from the DLM - German Leather Museum in Offenbach. - Skin of the moulting of an anaconda (Bookbinding Zerbst).


Viper leather

Viper leather has a similar scale structure to that of snake skin.

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Leather wallets made of viper leather, seen in Argentina.


Vine snake - Whip snake

Leather handbag made of whip snake skin of 1990 from Pakistan.


Seen in the DLM - German Leather Museum in Offenbach.



The leather of the rattlesnake is also processed. Even the rattle can be purchased.

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Biker wallet made of leather of the rattlesnake.


Leather and imitation leather with snake leather embossing

Cow leather and other types of leather can be embossed with different motifs. Synthetic leather can also be provided with a three-dimensional snakeskin-look. Since snake leather has distinctive sheds, they are not easy to copy. Good copies look very realistic, and only leather experts can recognise the difference.


Leather bag with embossing in python-look.


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Cow leather with snakeskin embossing. The scales are copied realistically.



Old trunk radio with artificial leather in python-look.


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Leather and synthetic leather handbag with snakeskin-look.


Snake leather - leather care

Due to the shed structure, special care must be taken when cleaning and caring for snakeskins. The sheds often roll and lift up with time and cannot be glued back down. However, improper handling can worsen this effect. Never wipe against the direction of the scales when cleaning and caring!


Video about leather of different animal species

Leather of different animal species - Exotic leather.

Other exotic leather