The khaki-clad girl skipped across the stage holding a blue-tongued lizard as she greeted audiences of the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
"This is Spanky. He's 10 years old," Bindi told DeGeneres as she prodded the lizard to lick her face in an attempt to show its tongue.
"I just love animals. My dad really brought it out in me," Bindi said. "He's the one that made me."
Photos: Bindi's Night Out
Steve Irwin died Sept. 4 from the poisonous jab of a stingray. He left behind Bindi, his wife, Terri, and 2-year-old son, Bob.
Like her father, Bindi said she loves "all animals, great or small."
She will star in a wildlife series to air on the Discovery Kids network early next year.
"I want to be like my dad," she said. "I want him to be proud of me."