Take home a piece of the real Florida! This is a real alligator osteoderm... these are bony plates that line the back of alligators. They act as solar chargers for the alligator to regulate body temperature. They store heat and also allow for the exchange of gasses in the blood so the alligator can stay under water for long periods of time. They also provide a bony plate of protection, like a body armor. This is a real natural alligator bone, also called a 'scute', that has been cleaned by a processor. Sizes and shapes will vary.