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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




Leave me alone…



Wake me up when it’s warm out



Father and Son Beardies



Father on the right and son on the left, Megatron and Melvin. They look nearly identical except Megatron is still slightly larger and has a bit more red coloring. Supervised bath time is the only time these two males get near each other. They normally can’t even be kept in the same room. When they were in the same room, they would run up against or charge the glass trying to attack each other (causing a scar and scab on their chin), try to hide sometimes, and they were stressed they even ate less. Two males should never be kept together in the same enclosure and even keeping two males in the same room where they can see each other can stress them out. Males who are fighting show similar behavior to mating; the dominant male tries to get on-top of the other male and push him to the ground. They may also wiggle and/or wack their tails, bite each other, hiss, and turn their beard and bellies black.

A male’s beard may turn black in the presence of another bearded dragon. Black coloring under the chin is a sign the bearded dragon is upset, stressed out, in the presence of another beardie, or sick.

Father on left and Son on right:



Black Beard Bearded Dragon Bath


Beardies enjoy a bath from time to time. They tend to show their best color when in warm water. Megatron especially appreciates baths when he is shedding.


Firestar’s tail curls up in the air when she is put into water.

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This male’s beard and the flaps above his shoulder turn black as he gets excited to see a female. Males can also turn their bellies black when very excited.


Female bearded dragons can also turn their beards black when excited, upset, startled, or frightened.




Megatron has a black beard and does head bobs in the water when he takes a bath with Firestar.


This female puffs up, turns her beard black, and does slow push-ups when she see this male.


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They are a beautiful couple and should have some gorgeous babies!IMG_9331

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