The American alligator (alligator mississippiensis) is native to the Southeast USA. Alligator skin comes from alligators that are both farm-raised and captured in the wild, although always bred in the wild. They are hunted in accordance to rules set forth by Louisiana Department of Fish and Wildlife during the regulated alligator hunting season. The American alligator is one of the least bony of the 23 crocodilian species. As a result, the alligator skin is softer and has smoother scales, making it among the most luxurious skins in the leather market.