i have a gator, an ostrich, and a lizard. good to keep a conditioner on them. the exotic is glued and sewn to cowhide or horse hid. they do stretch at a small different rate; but well conditioned , cleaned, and dried will keep them a while. Mine are about 15-18 years old and except for scratches they have held up well. I do hang them w/ a small weight to keep them straight. EEL is too thin; it tends to scrape off the backing and ruin easily. Deer hide is great for boots; it is soft and strong.