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How do I skin and butcher an alligator?

You will need a steady table at a comfortable height, good lighting, and a sharp knife and sharpener.

Watch this Florida Sportsman video to learn “How to clean, fillet, debone, and skin an alligator.”

Remember to thoroughly wash knives, cutting surfaces, sponges, and hands with hot, soapy water after handling raw alligator meat.

See cut lines for skinning an alligator for commercial sale or use in the making of alligator leather products:

View our alligator hide care page for complete details or skinning and curing an alligator.