Hartley’s has operated as a commercial crocodile farm since 1990 producing skins and meat for the export market. The skin from the Saltwater Crocodile is highly sought after by fashion designers due to its comparatively small scale and lack of osteoderms (small bones within the skin). Adult crocodiles are kept in pairs or colonies for breeding.
Of the 26 species of crocodilians, the Saltwater (Estuarine) Crocodile produces the leather most sought after by high end French and Italian fashion houses. The skin is renowned for its attractive symmetrical pattern of small raised scales with ‘buttons’ on the outer edge and square scales towards the centre.
The skins used in the manufacture of our crocodile leather goods are sourced from crocodiles raised at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures in Far North Queensland, Australia. The crocodile farm operates as a government approved ‘closed farm’ where no wild caught Queensland crocodiles are used for skin products.