The Darien Nature Center's bearded dragon, named Outback, has the ability to change color, from light to dark, as a way of regulating its body temperature or even to try to camouflage itself a bit.
On a recent visit to the nature center, a Darien Patch reporter found Outback a uniform yellow.
Outback also didn't stand erect with flattened belly, mouth gaping, with its spines around the lower jaw and blackish, spiney "beard" displayed to give it a more menacing appearance.
Instead, it just let Lynn Hamlen pick it up and display it.
Bearded dragons will eat leafy greens and finely chopped vegetables, but they mostly eat insects in the wild. They've lived up to 10 years in captivity. In the wild, they live in dry, rocky areas and dry, open woodlands, both on the ground and in trees.
By basking in the sunlight, they keep themselves warm, so that when they have to, they can move around at lower temperatures when other lizards won't. At higher temperatures, they can use evaporation from their body to keep cooler.
The Darien Nature Center reopens on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The nature center is normally open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.