Grant the bearded dragon shows off his “beard”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  FOX 4's monthly "Zoo To You" segment is full of fun and facts. Each month a member of the Kansas City Zoo brings an animal by the studio and shares what makes them so unique. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Sean Putney brought a bearded dragon named Grant.

According to Sean, bearded dragons are protected in Australia. Sean says in the 1960s Australia stopped sending out animals that were on the mainland to save the species they had.

Bearded dragons are named for the “beard” of pointy spines that cover the area of the throat and ear openings. During mating or territorial displays, males may inflate and darken the skin in the throat area.  This helps to enhance their “menacing” appearance to predators or rivals.

Upcoming events at the Kansas City Zoo:

Hoots & Howls: The zoo says to join them during the first four weekends of October for some spooky, not scary, activities and entertainment. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can cruise around on a pedal tractor, navigate a hay bale maze and have your face painted like your favorite animal. Sing along with our interactive DJ and take a ride on the Scare-o-cel. Enjoy a hayride around the zoo and create a wild craft in the lobby. Animals are joining in the fun by smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day.

Brew at the Zoo & Wine Too:  Saturday, October 15. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. enjoy an evening of live music, delicious bites, and a variety of beer and wine from local breweries and vineyards. This event is for ages 21 and over. Appetizers, music, beer and wine samples as well as two drink tickets are included with your ticket. Tickets are $35 for FOTZ Members and $45 for Non-FOTZ Members.

Boo at the Zoo:  October 29 and 30. The zoo will have treats to go along with their tricks. Children will trick-or-treat the zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment from 9:30 am to 5 pm.  FOTZ Member Exclusive Hours: 8:30-9:30 a.m.