Hypo vs. Het Hypo


HYPO (Hypomelanistic or hypomelanism)

Hypo bearded dragons are the offspring of two hypomelanism parents. “Hypo” means less, and melanism refers to the pigment in skin. Hypo bearded dragons have reduced melanin resulting in less brown/black coloring with 100% clear nails and a lighter appearance.


Hypo Red Tiger Female



HET HYPO (Heterozygous for Hypo)

Het Hypos carry the hypo gene but do not show it. They have dark nails and darker pigment similar to normal bearded dragons; however, tend to show color better and are lighter when compared to a normal bearded dragon. Breeding a het hypo with a 100% hypo should produce in approximately 50% hypos and 50% het hypos.  I’m hoping to mate the above hypo female with the below het hypo male in late 2016 and am looking forward to the results!


Het Hypo “Rainbow Tiger” (Red Hypo x Citrus tiger) Male





  1. teuddy says:

    I’m interested in your bearded dragon the male and I just wanted to know how much for him.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you for your interest, but I currently don’t have any bearded dragons for sale. I got the het for hypo rainbow tiger male beardie from Draggintails several years ago. I hoping to have babies for sale from this male late this year.

      Thanks again,

  2. samantha tucker says:

    Could you please tell me what kind I have I know it’s a hypo it’s nails are clear but what kind of hypo is Tiger.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Samantha,
      Tiger bearded dragons have blue or lavender bars that look like stripes or thick lines on their ribs. In this picture, you can see this rainbow tiger’s blue tiger markings http://dragonrancher.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/13.jpg Tiger just refers to colorful bars. Tiger bearded dragons don’t need to be hypos. The breeder of your beardie should be able to tell you what type of morph you own as there are many types and morphs of bearded dragons.


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