Leather doesn't just come from cows. Though the leather used for handbags usually comes from cowhide, there are many exceptions. And when you're purchasing a handbag, you should know what kind of leather you prefer it to be made from as they are all quite different. Some other animals leather handbags can be made of are calves, snakes, alligators, kangaroos, ostriches,pigs, and sting rays. Many of the more exotic leather such as alligator and crocodile are much more expensive than cowhide leather.