Beach walkers noticed an unusual guest strolling among the crabs and seagulls at Wollaston Beach in Quincy Thursday afternoon.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston was called in and scooped up the bearded dragon from the shore at about 2:30 p.m., said Ami Bowen, director of marketing and communications.
The reptile is a little over a foot long, calm, and very sweet, said Bowen.
“It’s not something you’d expect to see,” said Bowen in a telephone interview. “But they make great pets.”
Bowen said the bearded dragon was probably abandoned by his owner. He was picked up quickly, so is doing OK, she said.
“We want to remind people that abandoning an animal is cruelty,” she said.
“We want to thank who took the time to tell us about him, so we could pick him up and get him help.”Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera @globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.