I wanted to firstly explain how this morph is created. A silkie or scaless bearded dragon is produced from a breeding of 2 co-dominant leatherbacks. It is the “super form” or double dominant trait expressed when the baby gets both dominant genes from both parents. So if you breed two dominant leatherbacks together you would get 25% normal scale, 50% leatherbacks & 25% silkies or scaless. Those percentages do not reflect the exact number you should expect from each clutch but rather the possibility each egg/baby has of hatching out with that trait.
Now that the information about the morph has been explained I am going to switch over to my personal info/opinion…
I have been breeding Pogona for over 16 years and have produced a handful of silkies. I do not personally like producing them. That is not because of any health issues or poor quality of life that they experience. It is because they do require more skin care than the average pet owner can keep up with. I am not saying that as a fact just stating my opinion from years of experience working with the general public and personal customers.
Now on to the other unknown questions asked by folks in this thread…
They can be bred(usually only males are used). Females would have head damage from males biting during normal breeding and because of the lack of hard scales located on the back of the females head it would cause a female silkie more damage then normally expected for a female dragons during breeding. Also note normal scaled females can and do experience scale damage during breeding. That is normal and can happen to females every breeding season.
I have personally never bred a silkie, but know many that have with no heath issues from the breeding. This gene does nothing to the dragon as a whole other then change their skin texture. Its still just a breaded dragon at the end of the day. Also keep in mind they are called scaless but they still do in fact have scales. Definitely not as much as a normal scaled or leatherback dragon but they still do have groups of them located on their heads, middle of their backs and around their tails.
So to sum up everything…
They do not live shorter life’s or have poor health because they are missing more scales then a normal dragon.
Males can be used for breeding.
They have the same exact requirements as a normal scaled or leatherback dragon other then needing more skin care(more baths and save lotion to apply during shedding).
Id like to conclude that from what I have witnessed over the last 16 years I have worked in the reptile industry I have seen people across the board (reptiles & amphibians) mistreat their pets. It may not be on purpose or intentional, but the fact of the matter is it still happens every day. I have and will continue to help anyone who reaches out to me looking for advise or help with a current issue they are experiencing with their dragon. I cant stop everyone from mistreating their dragons, but what I can do is pass along advise and factual information to help people better care for their beardies!
Hope everybody has a good day.