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Bearded Dragon Colour Morph Information

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In What Colours Do They Come In:

The dragons are predominantly grey in colour with some variation towards orange, fawn, brown and black. These variations are largely dependant on locality, temperature, and in the case of the central and eastern bearded dragons, selective breeding. Bearded dragons regulate their body temperature through subtle changes in shades of colour, from light to dark ; becoming darker in cooler weather and vice-versa. Colour change can also depend on emotional state, with the colours becoming more obvious when startled or in an aggressive posture. Selective breeding, especially amongst United States based herpetologists, has influenced colour variation to such an extent that distinctive oranges, blues, reds, apricot and tiger stripes are apparent in the central bearded dragons.

In case you cannot trace the lineage of your dragons, it is always safer to breed dragons of different colours together (i.e. a dragon showing red coloration to one showing gold, or orange x normal, instead of red x red). It is more exciting when you get a bunch of surprises with each group of hatchlings, instead of a bunch of look-alikes!

 

Some of the many Bearded Dragon Morphs are detailed below:

 

Picture Morph Details
dragonsandfire.jpg (29369 bytes) Sandfire Dragons Sandfire™ dragons were our first attempt at selective breeding. Of the natural red/gold hatchlings originally held back for breeding stock, 4% developed into the brilliant and beautiful red/orange lizards.
blood4.jpg (38352 bytes) Blood Dragons Blood Dragons. Rich red colour is evident from the start.
germangiants.jpg (23050 bytes) German Giants German bloodlines have proven to be the hardiest and fastest growing bearded dragons that we have worked with. Great fertility and large clutches (we had one clutch of 68 eggs) make this lineage a great addition to any breeding colony
salmon_sandhypo.jpg (36990 bytes) Salmons Salmons are 2nd generation offspring from our original Snow x Sandfire breedings. Animals range from pink to orange, many with lavender markings, often patternless as adults
sunburst.jpg (32047 bytes) Sunburst 80%-90% yellow with orange and red patterns on head and body. Tail is yellow/orange banded. A Dragon's Den original- Spectacular!
leucisticdragm.jpg (21163 bytes) Leucistic leucistic bloodline these are solid white from day 1. Hatchlings are white, juveniles are white, adults are WHITE!
dragonsnow.jpg (26528 bytes) Snow and Hypomanelistic Incredible shades of white, pink, yellow, lavender, most patternless. Babies are translucent pink at hatching, turning beige at 1-2 days old. Colour continues to lighten for several months. By 6 months, most are patternless. Adults are white, pale yellow and white, or pink and white....
     
     
     

The subject of genetics is very complicated in any species and we do not to profess to be specialists in the genetic field but we are including terms used to describe attributes that pertain to the naming of morphs through there genetic traits:

 

Pigments
Melanin – black

Amelanistic – No black pigment

Hypomelanistic – Less than normal black pigment

Xanthinin – Yellow

Axanthic – No yellow pigment

Hypoxanthic – Less than normal yellow pigment

Erythrinin – Red

Anerythristic – No red pigment     

Hypoerythristic – Less than normal red pigment

Hypererythristic  - More than normal red pigment 

Prefixes
A or AN – None

Hyper – More than normal

Hypo – Less than normal 

Genetic Terms
An animal carries two copies of every gene. Alternate forms of the gene are called alleles.

Recessive – A recessive trait only manifests itself if both parents carry the trait or dominate gene.

Dominant – Means that the trait will present itself even when the animal carries recessive genes for something else.

Heterozygoes (Het) – Means that the animals carry both the recessive gene and dominant alleles but other wise looks normal.

 

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