BEARDED DRAGON COLORS
The most common base colors in captive breeding are Red and Yellow (aka Citrus). Although there are also less common colors including orange and white, we focus solely on producing vibrant citrus and red bearded dragons. The original bearded dragon’s from Australia are different shades of brown. These bright new colors come from decades of selective breeding all over the world. Their color is not a mutation, its simply a set of visual traits passed down through generations of pairing like colored dragons. Beardies also have unique back patterns consisting of two vertical stripes down their spine and horizontal stripes knows as bars.
Citrus Bearded Dragons
The most common and oldest bred bearded dragon color is some variation of yellow. You may see some citrus that vary from brownish/beige all the way up to a bright lemon yellow color. Trans citrus dragons tend to be a deeper yellow tone while regular hypo or non hypo appear more lighter yellow.
Red Bearded Dragons
The second most common color in bearded dragons is red. You will see some dragon's sold as reds looking more orange colored which is due to how new the color is and the importance of out breeding to keep the genetics strong. We are focused on producing some of the healthiest red bearded dragons the world has yet to see.
Bearded Dragon Blue Bars
A newly common pattern found on bearded dragons called Blue Bars appear bright blue or dark blue on trans beardies. They can be seen in horizontal striped patterns or vertical bars on dunner beardies. Blue bars are a secondary color bred through generations of bearded dragons displaying this sort of pattern.
Bearded Dragon Genetic Stripes
A Bearded Dragon with Genetic Stripes has two unbroken vertical stripes going down its back. These stripes are always a different color from there regular pattern which also produce a single stripe going down there spine.
The 3 most common morphs that effect a bearded dragon's scales are leatherback, dunner, and silkback. All of these scaled mutations are dominant traits, meaning if one parent displays the morph, then half of the offspring will also display that morph. A bearded dragon's natural scaling is referred to as normal or regular scaled.
Normal Scale Bearded Dragons
A “normal” or “regular” scaled bearded dragon is covered in spikes all over its back. This type of scaling is what you will find in the original dragons from Australia, without any mutations.
Leatherback Bearded Dragons
A Leatherback bearded dragon has a smooth back with spikes only on their sides and head. They are named after their leather textured scaling and tend to show slightly brighter coloring than normal scales.
Dunner Bearded Dragons
A Dunner bearded dragon has more scales than a normal scaled and they are pointed in different directions especially on the tail and stomach. These dragons have vertical striped patterns on their back rather than the normal horizontal stripes. Dunner dragons can also be leatherback as shown in the second pic below.
The most popular mutations seen in beardies today include, hypo, trans, zero, witblit and wero. These are all recessive traits so in order for them to be passed down both parents must either visibly display the gene or be a carrier of it. We use the term “het” which is short for heterozygous when describing a beardie that carries a certain mutation without visually displaying it.
Hypo Bearded Dragons
Hypo, short for "Hypomelanistic", is the most common out of all the visual morphs. Short for hypomelanistic, the name technically means “lacking melanin”. Hypo beardies do not show darker colors in their pattern and a quick tell is to look at their fingernails. Beardies with the hypo gene have all clear fingernails while non hypos will show black in their fingernails. Major pet stores usually sell these as Fancy Bearded Dragons.
Trans Bearded Dragons
Trans bearded dragons, short for "translucent" have black eyes and a gummy looking texture to there scales. This is another common mutation in captive breeding going back a couple decades.
Zero Bearded Dragons
Zero bearded dragons are completely patternless and colorless. They are a newer morph that are quickly gaining popularity within the beardie community. Hypo Zeros tend to be paper-white while non hypo zeros are more silver and gray. Whenever we have zero bearded dragons for sale they tend to sell out immediately so make sure you reserve one from our next upcoming clutch.
Witblit Bearded Dragons
Witblit Bearded Dragons are patternless but hold a solid color. You can find these in colors ranging from light peach to highly saturated yellow and orange. We use a wero (visual zero and witblit) bearded dragon for a picture example since we don't currently own a witblit. The only difference is wero's don't hold color while witblits do.
Bearded dragons are one of the most popular reptiles to have as pets and for a good reason. Their non-aggressive nature and surprising personalities make them great for kids interested in owning their first reptile. It also takes less effort to care for them compared to a dog or a cat. That said, getting a bearded dragon, or any pet for that matter is a serious commitment. It shouldn't be a decision taken lightly or made on a whim just because it sounds like a cool idea walking around the reptile section of the local pet store. Here are some things that are good to know before buying a bearded dragon.
Bearded Dragon Size
The maximum size that your bearded dragon can potentially grow to is about two feet. However, its size is dependant on a couple of factors, like its species, cage size, and diet. Pogona Vitticeps is the most common species, and these can grow the full two feet. Other species, like the Pogona Henrylawsoni or Pogona Minor Minima, will only reach a max length of a foot. Other species will stay even smaller!
If you want to facilitate the most amount of growth, there are two things you need to do. First, you have to make sure they are in a large cage. If their environment is too small, they won't reach their maximum size potential. Second, you need to continually provide your bearded dragon with an appropriately healthy diet that utilizes plant and animal materials, as well as supplements.
It’s worth mentioning that the size of your lizard will also be determined by its sex. Female dragons are typically smaller than males.
Bearded Dragon Natural Habitat
Bearded Dragons live in dry, sun-baked deserts and woodlands, mostly in the central part of Australia. They require warm rocks or sun touched branches to sunbathe on during the day and dark spots for hiding, sleeping and staying cool. They are excellent climbers and will scale rock faces and trees to find prey. Their hot, dry habitat means they don't require a lot of water or moisture to survive.
ONE OR MORE
Male bearded dragons are territorial and should be kept separate from other dragons. More than one female to a tank is subtle for the most part, but it does require the owner take some precautions. Most problems stem from size differences between lizards. A larger bearded dragon may keep the smaller one away from food and water. Larger bearded dragons will sometimes eat smaller ones, so no babies or juveniles in the same habitat as a full-grown adult
A DOCILE NATURE
Bearded dragons are safe for people to pick up and hold. It is doubtful that one will ever bite its owner. Bearded dragons will try to flee when threatened, and the only times they bite people is when they are being provoked.
LIFESPAN AND SIZE
A bearded dragon can live anywhere between seven to twelve years on average, given proper care and diet. They will reach full size in about a year, which is around twenty-two inches long measuring from the tip of their nose to half the length of their tail.
While bearded dragons are safe and clean, it should be noted that all reptiles carry salmonella in their feces. Bearded dragons are clean animals, but let's face facts. They don't exactly flush and wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Anyone who handles a bearded dragon or interacts with their habitat should always wash their hands. Regular cleanings of the habitat will also cut down on the risk of catching salmonella.
Here are 10 interesting facts about bearded dragons:
- The Australian Yellow-headed Bearded Dragon is the most common pet species of these reptiles. However, other genera do exist
While bearded dragons originate from Australia, pet beardies that you buy today are not from Australia, as it is illegal to export any wildlife from this country
The "beard" of bearded dragons (the spikes and scales around their head and neck) is a defense mechanism and expands when the lizard feels threatened
They are omnivores and will eat plant materials or insects, smaller lizards, and small mammals
In unusually hot weather, they like to burrow
They are extremely friendly and non-aggressive towards humans
Bearded dragons produce venom! But, don't worry, it is harmless to humans and even most prey
Beardies didn’t show up in the United States until the 1990’s, but they became a fast favorite for many pet owners
A lot of lizards are known to regenerate body parts, but not bearded dragons
You can estimate the age of a young bearded based on how long their tail is!
Bearded Dragon Costs
The cost of a beardie varies due to some factors: age, morphs, colors, size, etc. You could spend as little as $30 for a typical baby bearded dragon from a pet store, or $500+ for certain rare morphs like zeros and witblits. You will have some initial costs like the tank, lights, decorations, as well as recurring costs for food, fresh substrate, cleaning supplies and supplements. Remember, bearded dragons are a commitment for the next 10 years of your life so make sure you are ready and able to invest your time and some money before purchasing one. For a simple breakdown of costs of owning a bearded dragon, see below:
One time Expenses:
Bearded Dragon: $200-$400 on avg (Varies by morph & color)
Tank/Terrarium: $100-$200 (One time purchase if at least 40 gallons)
Total Initial Cost: $400-$600 range
Heat/Lights: $50-$100 (annual- semiannual)
Substrate/Cleaning: $2-$10/month (recurring)
Food/Supplements: $10-$50/month (recurring)
Total Monthly Expenses: $20-$50/month per dragon
BUYING PROCESS IN 3 STEPS:
1. Choose your dragon
Browse our website to see what baby bearded dragons we have available on the FOR SALE page. Once you choose your dragon and complete checkout, we will send you an email within 24 hours to arrange shipping. We are happy to hold your dragon for a reasonable amount of time while you get set up and ready. If you don't see any babies in stock you can message us on the CONTACT page to see if we have any upcoming clutches in the incubator.
2. Get Setup
Here is a quick checklist of everything you will need prior to receiving your dragon:
Tank or Terrarium (at least 40 gallons is recommended through adulthood)
Newspaper, paper towels or reptile carpet to fill the bottom
Logs, branches and any other pet friendly objects for the dragon to bask on and hide under
A heating source capable of keeping the dragon’s basking area at 100 to 110°F
Food in the form of crickets, worms, or roaches as well as leafy greens
Read the CARE page to go over in detail everything you will need to prepare for your new beardie.
3. Receive Your Dragon
We ship all dragons with Fedex Priority Overnight which typically get delivered in the morning. The dragon is not harmed at all from the safe packaging method in an insulated box with heat packs. When you receive your beardie, you can immediately put them in their new tank, give them a couple hours to warm up and offer food and a bath. It can take up to a week for your beardie to get used to their new environment.