What Is a Silkback Bearded Dragon?


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Silkback bearded dragons are a type of bearded dragon that has been bred to not have the spiky scales of other breeds, resulting in a smooth skin with small, circular scales. Silkbacks result from breeding leatherback bearded dragons, with about 25 percent of leatherback offspring being silkbacks.

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Due to a lack of an outer layer of scales, silkbacks are often susceptible to skin dryness and UV-B light. Almost all bearded-dragon breeds, also called morphs, originate from the breeding of domesticated central bearded dragons, which are native to Central Australia. Leatherback bearded dragons, discovered by accident, have considerably less rough, spiky scales than the common breed but often continue to exhibit the spiky scales along their sides.

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