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Beware! Bearded dragon color morphs can be faked by unscrupulous dealers.

Before you buy that extra-bright colored "sandfire" morph, examine the animal closely and give it a bath. Unscrupulous dealers have discovered that it is quite possible to dye absorbent bearded dragon skin with food colorings so that it looks like a much more valuable specimen. Don't be suckered in by this trick.

   

How bearded dragons got their name

Well, doesn't he look like a little dragon with a beard? Both males and females use the throat pouch, which has a beardlike scaly fringe, to make vivid social displays. The "beard" can change color or be puffed out, and is displayed in a series of head-bobs to let other Pogona know that here is a dragon to be reckoned with.

   
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