Originally Posted by tommy
eat the meat, dry and sell the hide, and dry and sell the head. nuthing goes to waste when you get a gator. the leg meat can be eatin also, not just the tail. that's some good meat to slow cook on the grill; man, it's some kinda good, dass what it izz.
Returning to the hide for a minute: do you go about treating it the same way you would, say, a cowhide? Scrape the flash off it, stretch it out in the sun to dry it, then soak it in oxalic acid solution and then stretch it again before you dry it some? My experience with tanning is limited. I've done a couple of deer hides from road kills, a couple or three raccoons, and once four lambs back when I was trying to be hyper-authentic in a medievalist group and needed either leather or fur for trims. I never tried to do a reptile.