There are several different types of bearded dragons. If it is your first time to buying a bearded dragon or you are not quite familiar with the different types of bearded dragons for breeding, then take a closer look at this useful information.

Different types of bearded dragons for breeding

There are three major categories of bearded dragon morphs. It is vital to understand the distinct characteristics of each because this will determine how each of these specific breeds needs to be taken care of. The three main bearded dragon morphs are the Hypo bearded dragon, translucent and the leatherback morphs.

Hypomelanistic Bearded Dragon Morphs

The hypo morphs, or the hypomelanistic breed of bearded dragons are named because of their distinct condition called “hypomelanism” or decrease in skin pigmentation. Melanin is a pigment in our skin that is responsible for dark color. Usually, bearded dragons have dark outlines along their backs, but because of a mutation in one of the genes in a hypo bearded dragon, their skin looks lighter, and their darker areas seem brighter than usual. Although these breeds appear pale, they go well with other different types of bearded dragons morphs. As hypo bearded dragons grow to their adult form, they change their color into a more purple or lavender hues.

Translucent Bearded Dragon Morphs

The translucent morphs of bearded dragons are also called “trans” morphs. This result to a mutation of one of the genes that results to unusual translucent effects in their skin. Some trans bearded dragons have noticeably white specks on the corners of their skin that shines as the light hits their skin, making the hypo morph a favorite cross breed. The surface of the skin of bearded dragons appears see-through, making their skin appear thinner. Trans morphs can be easily crossbred to one of the many variations of bearded dragon morphs.


Leatherback Bearded Dragon Morphs

Leatherback morph is a result of a duplication of a mutated copy of a gene. The affected gene hinders proper development in the layer of the skin. This makes their skin less spiky in appearance. The spikes are not well-defined. Leatherback bearded dragons have smooth skin surface and their skin color along their backs are more pronounced. Patterns and colors on their skin can, therefore, be easily discernible. Leatherback bearded dragon morphs can be easily crossbred to other morphs.

Bearded dragons for pets

Different Types of Bearded Dragons in Australia

In Australia, the 3 main different types of bearded dragons which are common as pets are The Pygmy Bearded Dragon (also known as Rankin or Lawson); the Eastern Bearded Dragon; and the Central (or Inland) Bearded Dragon. They get their names native to the regions in which they are found.

Different Types of Bearded Dragons in US and UK

Outside of Australia, namely in the U.S. and UK the two main different types of bearded dragons that are available are are Rankin’s (Lawson’s Dragon) and the Inland Bearded Dragon.  The Rankin dragon is a smaller version of the Inland Bearded Dragon and grows to about half the size (approximately 12-13 inches). You can find Rankin Dragons through a reputable breeder, however, they are not as common as the Inland Bearded Dragon.

The Central (or Inland) Bearded Dragon

These are the most popular of the different types of bearded dragons for pets in the U.S. They are the larger of the species and can grow up to 24 inches from head to tail. Due to advanced practices in breeding, there are many colors and patterns that are available on the market.


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