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Contents of this page: Gator skulls, Nile Crocodile skulls, Saltwater Crocodile skull, Resin Crocodile Skull, Gator taxidermy heads; SOLDS gallery: Nile crocodile heads

Who says gators can't smile?

(Photo credit to Laura in Bucksport SC)

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THESE AMERICAN ALLIGATOR SKELETON HEADS ARE REAL, from a gator farm in LOUISIANA.  THESE ARE ALL CONSIDERED "JUMBO" SIZE!  Here's an example so you can appreciate just how big they are and how many we have, here's our stash under just one of our tables!

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The AMERICAN ALLIGATOR (Alligator Mississippiensis) is the largest reptile in North America.  The first reptiles appeared 300 million years ago; the ancestors of the American alligator appeared 160 million years ago and it has not changed since then, indeed a modern dinosaur.  Gators are found only in the Southeastern United States and China.


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Remember, prices include insured Fedex ground shipping anywhere in the continental U.S.; other states please inquire.  The skulls you see in the photographs are exactly what you would receive.

WE ONLY SHIP GATOR SKULLS WITHIN THE 50 U.S. States & Puerto Rico due to CITES restrictions, no out-of-country shipments, no exceptions.

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Here is Glenn restoring a typical gator skull.  It is a picky, physical and time-consuming task.
Many people assume that an alligator skull is just two large bones composted of the top and bottom jaw.  However, an alligator's skull is actually composed of 53 different bones!  The lower jaw is 12 bones, the upper jaw is 41.  Plus between 74 and 80 teeth at any given time.  The researchers from the WitmerLab at Ohio University disarticulated an alligator skull and labeled all 53 bones.  See below, photo credit to Witmer Lab at Ohio University


Exceptional, clean specimen

23-3/4" long x 

11-3/4" wide at the back x 

5-3/4" wide at the snout

Weights 13 pounds 8 ounces

$1700  SOLD

(value of teeth alone = $1800)
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Beautiful 24" long skull; no bullet holes

11-3/4" across the back

7" across snout

Weight: 14 pounds 11 ounces

$1700  SOLD 





26-1/4” long

11-7/8” wide across back

7-1/2” across nose

17-1/4” tall open mouth

Pins drilled in sides of jaw that hold it open permanently

Bullet still lodged in skull, another bullet hole in nose

$1875  SOLD to Eric
(Tooth value alone is over $2000)


21-1/2” long

5-3/4” wide across nose

10” across back

7-3/4” tall from table

Main teeth – portion showing above gumline) – 1-3/4”

2 holes in top of skull is where the teeth poked through, this is unusual and was likely painful.

$1448  SOLD



Gator skull 25-3/4" long

Weight: 19 pounds 9 ounces

13-3/8” across back

8-3/4” across nose

SOLD to Eric



25-5/8” long, 12-3/8” across back of head, 7” across nose, height 8-1/4”

Weight:  15 pounds 9 ounces

$1975  SOLD



26-1/4” long
14-3/8” across back
8-5/8” across nose


Weight: 19 pounds 7 ounces

SOLD to Eric


24-1/4” long
11-7/8” across back
7-3/4” across nose


Weight: 14 pounds 7 ounces



22-1/2” long x 11” wide across the back; 5-1/2” wide across nose, 7-1/2” tall

Weight: 10 pounds 10 ounces



23-1/2” long x 11-1/2” wide across the back; 5-1/4” wide across nose; 7-1/2” tall

Weight: 10 pounds 5 ounces



23-1/2” long x 11-3/4” wide across the back; 5-5/8” wide across nose; 8” tall

Weight: 12 pounds 11 ounces


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11-1/2" long x 5-1/2" across back, 4" across snout

$345  SOLD

(SEE ALSO Gators Page 7 for all the deformed heads (skin on) along with the history on the deformities)



All skulls have a full set of teeth glued in place, museum quality.

(Crocodylus niloticus) is a large crocodilian native to freshwater habitats in Africa, where it is present in 26 countries.

This species is rarely found in saltwater, but occasionally inhabits deltas and brackish lakes.

It is the largest freshwater predator in Africa.  IUCN Red List says the species is stable and endangerment of least concern.


Measures 11” long x 4” across back x 1-3/8” across snout, 3” tall

Weight: 10.5 oz.

$370  SOLD


Measures 10-3/4” long x 4-1/4” across back x 1-5/8” across snout, 3” tall

Weight: 10.3 oz.




Measures 9-3/4” long x 4” across back x 1-1/2” across snout, 3” tall

Weight: 8.3 oz.





First photo is a comparison between a 20” long alligator skull and this saltwater crocodile skull.  Fourth photo is a comparison with a “normal size” saltwater crocodile skull 12” long.

Measures 28.7” long

13.5” across back of skull

Weight: 22 pounds (this is REALLY HEAVY)

Rare for us not to photograph ourselves with the skull, but it was so well packed and took such trouble to get here, we shipped it right on to the customer.

Price: $7800




Resin crocodile skull head, sparkly silver pyrite color
Measures 4" long x 2" wide
on post on black base 5-1/2" diameter with groove for glass; microsuede non-slip underside, no markings or signature
Covered by Cloche glass dome with handle on top
Full display measures 8-3/4" tall x 5-1/2" diameter
Weight: 1 pound 15.3 ounces




Measures 13-7/8" long x 6-1/2" wide across of skull x 3-3/4" wide across snout

NOTE:  There is an interesting deformity of a cluster of teeth in one tooth socket.  All original teeth.

Weights 1 pound 13 ounces

$185  SOLD

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Measures 24-3/8" long x 11-1/4" across x

11-1/4" across the back x

7-5/8" across snout

Height: 7-3/4"

Weight: 13 pounds 8 oz.

Excellent specimen, no bullet holes or bone damage

$1685  SOLD

Teeth value alone: $1800


Guess what this is...is this a shoe insole?  No. A fly catcher?  Nope. Give up?
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It's an alligator tongue!  It's real leather.  Remember, when the gators are legally hunted and processed, 100% of it is used.  Nothing is wasted!  These are usually made into WALLETS or BELT BUCKLES.


How can you tell the difference between a CROCODILE head and an ALLIGATOR head?

1.  When the mouth is closed, a croc's teeth STILL SHOW, and a gator's does not.

2.  Gators have BLUNT heads and horny backs; crocs have less bumpy skin and longer, narrower heads.

Other facts:

3.  Crocs are found in Africa, Asia, Australia & the Americas.  Gators are found only in China and the Americas

4.  Most if not all crocodiles are considered endangered species.  Most gators are not.


 to figure LENGTH OF GATOR:  Measure length of skull x 7.5 = length of gator


TAXIDERMY (Skin on) 

American Alligator heads

(Heat dried, coated in polyurethane, the cut end is painted black, unless otherwise specified; marbles replace eyes)

From a gator farm in Louisiana, these are AMERICAN ALLIGATORS (alligator mississipiensis).  They were endangered but have now achieved protected status.  As such, numerous regulations exist to safeguard this great animal and provide for its future survival.  Every farmed gator is assigned a unique number by the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries to ensure that only legally harvested gators are used for the products that put them in such high demand worldwide.  This number is written in felt marker in the side of each gator's jaw.  The gators are raised for the hides.  By law, the whole animal must be recycled.  Soooo.....the guts go to the cat and dog food companies (animal byproducts!!),  the meat is eaten locally, and the feet, heads and teeth go into the tourist industry, as you see here.  Are you sure you really wanted to know?

#G200 series are 23 to 24"


23-1/2” long, 12” across back of head, 8-1/2” across nose

Cracked teeth, as caught in wild, individually photographed;
back is black foam where cut; bottom is painted black

Deformed upper nose indent like the start of a cleft palate; the result of dioxin in the bayous (see collection of deformed gator heads for more information)

Weight: 18.6 pounds



#G202-40 series are 17 to 18"
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#G202-40  $380


#G203-1 series are 16-17"
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#G203-6  $310  SOLD

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#G203-7  $310  SOLD


#G203-20 series are 15 to 16"

#G203-30  $220  SOLD


#G204-1 series are 14" to 15"
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#G204-11  $160  SOLD


#G205-500 series are 8" to 9"

#G205-500  $50
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#G205-518  $50  SOLD



#G206-1 series are 6" to 7"

#G206-6  $33

#G206-8  $33

#G206-9  $33
129 more available


#G207-1 series are 5 to 6"

#G-207-2  $25

#G-207-6  $25

#G-207-7  $25

#G-207-11  $25

#G-207-12  $25

#G-207-13  $25

#G-207-14  $25

#G-207-16  $25

#G-207-18  $25

#G-207-23  $25

#G-207-24  $25

#G-207-25  $25
48 more available


Rare African NILE CROCODILE taxidermy heads & skulls

Genus species: Crocodylus (crocodile) niloticus (belonging to the Nile River)

Average 16-20 feet long, 500 pounds, found; lifespan 45 years in the wild, 80 years in captivity.  70% of the adult diet is fish. Other prey items may include zebras, hippos, porcupines, pangolins, and migrating wildebeest.

 individually photographed 

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#LOT N-9  Taxidermy head, marble eyes, coated in polyurethane, back of head painted black

6-1/2" LONG  SOLD


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EXCEPTIONALLY large and well done, measures 10" long x 4-3/8" widest, solid black plastic back of head

$189  SOLD


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For the first time, offered individually for sale (350+ heads)

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Dear Mr. & Mrs. Reed,

I found your site while trying to research information on wild alligators and was very impressed with your experience.  While I was unable to find the answers I was looking for, I wondered if you might be able to help provide some information about an alligator skull I found recently (submerged in 2' of water) in SW Florida.  I did not want to damage the skull, so I've done nothing but bleach and clean it (and the teeth) and paint a protective coating of white glue and water on it.  Nature had already reduced the tissue down to the bone by the time I found it. 

Here are some pictures for you so you can see it's massive size.  Here are the measurements I took: 

27" from longest point to longest point when measured with the top and bottom jaw fitted together

15" from mid eye to mid nostril

13" across the widest part of the head

8" across the nose

3.5" canine with a 3" circumference

7.75" from tip to tip of the upper canines

this must have been some gigantic creature, and I would love to know as much as possible about it. 



WOW !!!! What a monster you have there. This is a gator that would have been some 15 foot plus in length and at least 15 years old. The time line is standard due to the length . They grow about 12'' per year. The length for the center of the eyes to the center of the nostril will give you the length and age of the gator.
This was in the water less than a year as there isn't 100% coloration showing on the entire bone structure.
You have done a wonderful job of cleaning it and there really isn't anything else to coat it with that over time won't turn it yellow. As you handle it the oil from your body will cause it to yellow. So, about once a year, just soak it in household bleach for about three hours , then soak it for 6 hours in cold water. This will stop the bleach.
The holes and cracks that you have described are normal,as there are 9 different plates making up the top skull, and the holes are part of the nasal system. From what I can tell this is a very good skull and would retail for about $800.  and the wholesale price to a dealer would be half that.
I hope this helps you with filling in the blanks as to what you have there.

Glenn Reed


Mr. Reed,

Thank you so much for getting back to me, and so quickly!  Wow!  I guess I was right...this was a monster. It's great to know more about him!  Actually, from what I now read on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Web Site, this may be one of the largest alligators ever found in Florida! Here's a quote from their site:


Female alligators rarely exceed 9 feet in length, but males can grow much larger. The Florida state record for length is a 14 foot 5/8 inch male from Lake Monroe in Seminole County. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10 1/2 inches long) male from Orange Lake in Alachua County.  FWC biologists have published an article on the maximum size of the alligator.

Roger (as we've named him) has become a part of our family and people are always impressed with him.Now when people want to touch him to see if he's real (and they ALWAYS do!),

Thank you!



Upper skull only
Measures 3-1/2" long x 2-1/8" wide x 1-1/4" tall

$80  SOLD

Measures 4-1/4" long x 2" wide x 1-3/8" tall


Preemie (pre-birth)
Measures 2-3/4" long x 1-1/8" wide x 7/8" tall

$125  SOLD

Preemie (pre-birth)
Measures 2-1/4" long x 7/8" wide x 5/8" tall

$115  SOLD

Preemie (pre-birth)
Measures 2-1/4" long x 7/8" wide x 5/8" tall

$115  SOLD


Cool customer RUSS in WISCONSIN 

sent this photo of the gator head he bought from us, mounted on his BOAT! A real "Lake Placid" moment!

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(we advised him to make it removable, or keep it protected from the weather as often as possible).

Russ has added a comment: Heidi, thanks again.  Its getting lots of laughs on the water, but Spalding my potbellied pig is suspicious of him.  I think its the teeth.

Fossil Gharial crocodile skulls from Morocco, that we saw at the 2007 Tucson Gem & Fossil show.

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Litter bugs in the gator enclosure - BEWARE!

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