Animal Scene - - SCALY SPECIAL -

The grow­ing de­mand for gen­uine an­i­mal skins poses a threat to this species, what with them even­tu­ally be­ing har­vested in large num­bers to meet the mar­ket’s de­mand. In the past, leather from these an­i­mals was con­sid­ered in­fe­rior to that ob­tained from al­li­ga­tors be­cause of the bony in­clu­sions. How­ever, they were soon ex­ploited for their skin in the 1950s.

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