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So you purchased an exotic skin online, only to find that the delivered product is filled with tiny, unsightly indentations across the material. These indentations/dots are known as “pits”, and they’re the blemishes of the leather world, and depending on their depth and how many pits there are, they can devalue a finished hide from 1st grade to 2nd grade.

Pits on leather are common, especially among larger animals in a species. They’re very common with the Crocodile fuscus caiman species, which are more prone to pits. You’ll usually find at least a little pitting across the grain of these less expensive hides. This is one of the reasons why Caiman are less expensive than their Nile Crocodile, American Alligator, Freshwater Croc, and Saltwater Crocodile cousins.

Pitting on other species can also be the outcome of bad tanning and/or storage of hides. When salted hides sit for a long time, larger grains of create these indentations due to the pressure on the hide, forming these deep pits.

You can usually expect some surface pitting on the popular and inexpensive Caiman crocodile hide. These pits will be on most skins to some degree, and are pretty common in the exotic leather industry. While this is the case, American Exotics always takes great care that shipped hides, including caimans, do not have deep, extreme pits that often plague finished exotic leathers such as caiman crocodiles. We inspect the usable areas of our tanned hides and only work with manufacturers and tanneries who produce quality finished skins with the smoothest available material.