I get my snake hide grips from Mel at Dog Grips.
That Defender on the home page is mine. Mel makes some great leather covered 1911 grips. It's a canebrake favorite!
They don't wear-out, they wear-in, like your favorite blue jeans.
I found them a tad thick. My first set on the Defender turned out bigger than I liked so I worked with Mel to make a set of thins.
I had the Defender's receiver refinished in electroless nickel boron nitride and Mel found a timber (canebrake) rattler hide with colors to match my refinished Defender. Canebrake was born!