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Citrus Bearded Dragons

Introduction

This hub explains the general characteristics of this color morph. The citrus color is one of the brightest colorations you can find among the different bearded dragon colors and color patterns.

In your personal investigation of different dragon species, you may come across genetic and species specific descriptions such as leather backs, tiger, het trans, hypo het, and other forms of citrus dragons.

This hub covers the different species specific types that can influence the size, scale pattern, and skin features of a citrus beardie. This hub will also cover genetic and breeding specific information which will help you understand the different citrus breeds, what their actual traits will be like, and what chances are there for mating a specific breed.

This hub has been carefully written so that it will not sound too technical. Where genetic terms are found, the terms have been explained in simple terms that the average Joe can understand.

Thanks again for reading this hub, I hope you enjoy it!

Citrus Bearded Dragons

Introduction

Chapter 1: What is a Citrus Bearded Dragon?

Chapter 2: Selective Breeding

Chapter 3: Citrus Bearded Dragon Species

Chapter 4: Citrus Dragon Breeding Info

Chapter 5: Breeding Probabilities

Conclusion

What is a Citrus Bearded Dragon?

What is a Citrus Bearded Dragon?

Chapter 1: What is a Citrus Bearded Dragon?

Why Citrus?
Citrus bearded dragons have a variety of patterns on their scales/skin. They mostly have a yellow or yellowish color (i.e. yellow with a few admixtures of other colors) but you will also find red and other colors mixed and matched in wonderful blends.

So, why are they called citrus? Well, in the business of breeding and marketing these reptiles as pets, you need to come up with a catchy name for these things. However, it will sometimes become confusing for some folks.

To make things simple - citrus refers to the yellow color on a bearded dragon. It's actually one of the standard colors. The regular colors include the following:

  • Citrus (or yellow)
  • Green
  • Tan
  • And red

These are the most common colors of bearded dragons that you will find in pet stores today. However, note that the colors, shades, tones, and patterns on their backs will be slightly different. If you are interested in getting purely solid colors then you must opt for a specific breeding program.

You may have to hire or order one from a breeder (which will cost money by the way) and you will have to wait a while before you can get the specific solid color you want - regardless if you are after a pure citrus bearded dragon or not.

The good news is that there are breeders who do breed purely citrus dragons. You may have to dig deep to find them - or, as stated earlier, just go for a breeding program to get the pure colors.

Variations and Other Stuff
In this chapter we will look at the different color combinations, types, and other related info about citrus beardies and what makes them unique. You will also understand colors, breeds, types, and other interesting facts about these creatures.

You can use the information below to help you understand the many options out there when you're in the market for your newest pet.

Types of Bearded Dragons

Bearded dragons can be classified under several different types. The classification or typecasting of these reptiles has more to do with their sizes rather than their colors. Another factor that is considered along with the size of these creatures is their appearance. The following are some of the popular types of bearded dragons that you should be aware of.

Silkback: Silkback bearded dragons have a smoother appearance on their skin. Silkback dragons are bred when two leatherbacks bearded dragons mate. The result of this breeding is that the scales of the next generation turn out to be smaller. This results in the rather smoother or silk-like skin.

Note that silkback bearded dragons can come in a variety of colors. So, if you're lucky you may be able to find a silkback citrus bearded dragon. However, do note that breeders often breed silkbacks into a specific color which is rather unique. That means there are chances that you will find more silkback beardies with unique blend of colors and not just a pure citrus.

Leatherbacks: Leatherback bearded dragons have scales that look like they haven't grown up to their full sizes. This unique size or growth of their scales is due to a mutated gene that affects the growth of their scales. As a result the skin of these bearded dragons look and feel smoother.

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Note that due to the size of their scales, there are more possible colors of these dragons. Because of this genetic quality, breeders can usually breed dragons in truly unique colors and color combinations. Is it possible to find leatherback citrus bearded dragons? The answer is yes. In fact, you will find a lot of breeders who sell leather back citrus dragons.

German Giants: German giants live up to their name. These are some of the biggest bearded dragons you can find anywhere. Breeders usually find the biggest breeds of dragons and then they mate them. The result of course is that their offspring are larger than the average bearded dragon.

It is estimated that German giant breeds are usually around 50% larger than average. Dragon breeders also breed these types of dragons to produce a variety of colors. You will just have to look around a bit to find citrus German giants.

Characteristics of Citrus Bearded Dragons - Selective Breeding

Characteristics of Citrus Bearded Dragons - Selective Breeding

All About Bearded Dragon Colors

Out in the wild, the actual color of a bearded dragon will depend on its habitat. Animals will change color to blend with their habitat. It helps them as a kind of camouflage, which makes it easier for them to catch their prey. Their color, scales, and skin patterns also serve as protective camouflage - you know, to help them evade their predators. That means citrus bearded dragons in the wild take their color from their surroundings, which are usually more um, citrusy (for a lack of a better term).

However, ever since these reptiles have been raised in captivity, the magic of selective breeding has taken over. Breeders have experimented and bred different dragons to produce beardies in pretty much every color combination and pattern imaginable.

We'll go over the details in the next chapter.

A Quick Crash Course in Bearded Dragon Genetics
This part will sound kind of nerdy - well, slightly nerdy. You will read about morphs when talking about bearded dragons with fellow aficionados. A "morph" in genetics is short for "polymorphism" (told you it goes a bit nerdy from here).

This refers to visual mutations (also known as phenotypes) that you will find on bearded dragons. This includes their color, patterns on their back and sides, their sizes, color of the eyes, and other traits that can be observed by the naked eye (i.e. you don't need a microscope to spot the visual differences).

There are different morphs and these are usually dictated by the bloodlines (i.e. the parentage) of these creatures. The genetic make-up (or genotype) of these reptiles will determine which characteristic trait will be visually present and which ones will be dormant or hidden. We'll go over this in a later chapter.

Characteristics of Citrus Bearded Dragons

Note that the descriptions you will find here are not set in stone. Some citrus beardies may not have the said characteristics or measurements mentioned below. Some do and some don't.

  • Appearance: these dragons will look well-balanced and elegant with the usual lean and streamlined grace and curves you will find in the majority of bearded dragons. The tail, legs, head, neck, and body will always be structurally proportionate.
  • Color: these bearded dragons will have a naturally yellow or yellowish color. Some breeds will exhibit a certain luminosity. Expect color patterns to vary from one breed to the next. For instance, a citrus tiger will have yellow on it but mixed with red. Some breeds will have yellow mixed with other colors as well. Note that the "tiger" or whatever it is simply refers to the pattern that you will find on the dragon's back - it's like a tiger's stripes which you will find on the back and specially on the sides of the reptile.
  • Head: nothing special about the head. Just like other dragons, these will have a triangular shaped head.
  • Eye color: eye color will vary from one breed to the next. Some breeds will have a solid black eye color, some will have brown colored eyes, still others will have copper colored eyes.
  • Size: as explained earlier in this chapter, some types will be bigger than others. German giants and other larger species will generally have bigger offspring. The average length of males will be from 18 to 23 inches (some will be longer or shorter though depending on the breed). Females will have an average length of 17 to 20 inches (again, some will be longer and some will be shorter).

We'll go over the breeding process in the next chapter.

Chapter 2: Selective Breeding

The goal of selective breeding is to produce baby dragons or next generation bearded dragons that have the desired specific traits. Whether it is size, color patterns, scale patterns, or other traits, breeders will look for males and females that have these traits and have them mate.

For instance, if a breeder wants to produce next generation bearded dragons that have a more pronounced red color, then they will mate two bearded dragons with a lot of red coloring. The result is that their offspring will have more red.

Remember that the color of a bearded dragon is not the only trait affected by selective breeding. You can also breed them to have particular patterns like citrus bearded dragons with tiger stripes.

Now, it will be a bit pointless to enumerate all the specific breeds that have been produced by breeders around the world. There are just too many to count since breeders tend to mix and match certain breeds of their very own make.