Bearded Dragon Morphs

The Basics – What is a Morph?

Morphs are what make your Bearded Dragon unique. You can get many variations which are through specific breeding to utilize genes from the parents. This creates different colorations, scales, and spike patterns.

I am going to show you the differences between 14 morphs.

14 Bearded Dragon Morphs

Classic Bearded Dragon

The classic Bearded Dragon is known for its natural appearance, resembling those found in the wild. They come in various shades of red, yellow, and brown-tan, with spiky ridges down their backs and tails. As the most common morph, classic Bearded Dragons are both readily available and budget-friendly.

Leatherback Bearded Dragon

The name “Leatherback” gives a clue to its unique characteristic. Unlike the classic Bearded Dragon, it lacks the spiky ridges on its back and tail, having them only on its head and sides. This results in a more vibrant and striking coloration across its body, making it a highly sought-after morph among Bearded Dragon enthusiasts. 

Microscale Bearded Dragon

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Microscales, similar to Leatherbacks, boast even fewer spikes. They have no spikes on their beard or sides, with only a minimal number on the back of their heads.

Fun Fact: Spikes or Raised scales on the skin are called tubercles.

Zero Bearded Dragon

The Zero morph is a rare and unique variation of the Bearded Dragon, known for its lack of patterns and colorations, resulting in a pure white appearance. Despite its scarcity, the popularity of this simple yet alluring morph is on the rise.

Fun Fact: Some morphs may exhibit changes in color or shade throughout the day, as a means of camouflage or temperature regulation – this is completely normal.

Genetic Stripe Bearded Dragon

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The Genetic Stripe morph is a standout among Bearded Dragons, much like a racecar on the track. The distinguishing feature is the bold stripes running down both sides of its spine, sometimes extending from its neck to the tail.

German Giant Bearded Dragon

Identifying a German Giant Bearded Dragon before it reaches maturity can be challenging, as it closely resembles the classic morph. However, once fully grown, they can reach lengths of 25 to 30 inches.

A key identifying feature of a German Giant is the silvery color of its iris.

Pro Tip: When acquiring a German Giant, consider getting a larger enclosure to ensure adequate space.

Albino Bearded Dragon

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Albinos (Amelanistic) are characterized by their lack of melanin, resulting in a pure white body and distinctive red eyes. These morphs are rare in domesticated populations and require special care, including specific ultraviolet lighting, due to their lack of melanin.

Silverback Bearded Dragon

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This morph was bred in Japan and is extremely rare to find domesticated in the United States. They’re an offwhite grey color. 

When young, they display unique markings on their body which may fade as they mature.

Translucent Bearded Dragon

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Contrary to its name, Translucent Bearded Dragons are not entirely transparent. When young, they display a distinctive blue hue on their belly, due to the partial transparency of their skin that reveals the outline of their internal organs. As they age, their skin thickens and the blue coloring typically fades.

What sets Translucent morphs apart are their black, solid eyes without visible iris, and blue-tinted eyelids.

Witblits Bearded Dragon

The Witblits morph gets its name from a South African dragon breeder, with the name translating to “White Lightning.” Despite not being white, they exhibit a pastel gray hue without any patterns or markings on their bodies.

Dunner Bearded Dragon

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Named after breeder Kevin Dunn, the Dunner morph is known for its lack of specific markings or patterns on its scales. The patterning is random and they tend to have more scales than other morphs, making them easily recognizable.

Silkback Bearded Dragon

Silkbacks, also known as Silkies, are among the most delicate of Bearded Dragon morphs. They lack scales and have a soft texture, making them appear closer to an amphibian than a reptile. Their specific genetic traits can result in missing toes or the tip of their tail due to impaired blood flow when their skin dries.

Hypomelanistic Bearded Dragon

The Pastel morph starts off with a darker hue at hatching, but over time the lack of melanin in their body results in a soft, pastel gray color, similar to that of the Witblits morph.

The Wero is a hybrid breed of the Zero and Witblits Bearded Dragons. It has a similar appearance to the Zero, characterized by its white coloration and solid black eyes, but with a distinctive feature of dark spots along its back.

Paradox Bearded Dragon

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The Paradox Bearded Dragon is a unique and highly sought after morph, as it is a naturally occurring phenomenon that cannot be replicated through breeding. These dragons have a solid base color at hatching and develop unexpected and vibrant patterns as they age, reminiscent of random paint splatters on a canvas.