Bearded Dragon Noises and What They Mean

Bearded dragons can make a variety of noises that have different meanings depending on the situation. The noises can mean the lizard is scared, anxious, ready to attack, or something else. Below, I’ve explained the different types of noises bearded dragons make and what they mean.

Do bearded dragons vocalize?

Bearded Dragon Noises

Bearded dragons do not vocalize but produce subtle hissing noises. The hissing is usually produced when the lizard is threatened or scared of something in its enclosure. The dragons, unlike other lizards, don’t have typical vocalizations. They communicate among themselves with body language and color displays.

However, even though they have a way of communicating with each other, they don’t share a social bond with one another and therefore only form gatherings where there’s food or in places where they bask.

Although it is well known that beardies don’t vocalize except for hissing, you might find rare instances where some other types of noises are produced. These noises may include chirping, huffing, clicking, burping, and even croaking. Below, I’ve discussed these rare vocalizations and whether or not they’re normal, and what they may mean when you hear them.

Common Bearded Dragon Noises and What they Mean

For you to hear your beardie make some sort of noise, it means you have to spend quite a bit of time with them.

They will make noises when they are happy, but also after you have been feeding them or just to show their dominance over another beardie. When your bearded dragon is feeling a little stressed out and needs some calm time, listen for soft hissing sounds that come close together while it’s trying to find a spot in the cage where it is safe.

Here are the most common noises bearded dragons may make:

1. Hissing noise

Hissing is the most common type of noise that bearded dragons make to mean something is wrong. The reptile will hiss if there’s something scary or unusual invading its space.

In short, hissing sounds mean irritation. If your reptile is producing this sound and appears anxious, you want to check the enclosure to make sure there isn’t an irritant, another lizard encroaching on its territory, or other pets in the house aren’t trying to scare the beardie.

Keep in mind that hissing in bearded dragons is a major sign of aggression. When your beardie is feeling dominant in the presence of other bearded dragons, it will hiss to show aggression.

The noise can also be a warning when there’s an intruder in the cage. You might also hear this sound before they bite if you’re holding them and go too close to their face or body.

Note: Hissing that’s accompanied by the beardie puffing up and turning black is a sign of danger. The reptile is telling you to leave them alone. If not, they’ll probably attack in defense of themselves.

It may take some time for your bearded dragon to get used to allowing people near its food dish or terrarium, but once it does feel safe enough with you then the aggression should abate because it won’t need that type of protection from potential threats anymore.

In general, if the hissing doesn’t stop after about five minutes or so, move away as slowly and quietly as possible until he stops making noises. Then try petting him again.

2. Chirping noise

Chirping is not a very common type of noise bearded dragons produce compared to hissing. However, you might hear it once in a while, probably when the beardie is just yawning.

Since these reptiles cannot vocalize, it is possible that the chirping noise your bearded dragon produced is a chirp of happiness.

If your pet yawns and chirps, then it is possible that the real noise they’re producing is something else or that they were yawning. Other lizards such as leopard geckos make chirping noises when excited or feeling disturbed.

Bearded dragon enthusiasts believe that in case you hear a chirp, then this type of noise, the sound will be soft and almost similar to hisses. It may often make up part of their natural repertoire for communicating emotions to others nearby.

You may never hear the chirping noises being made by your bearded dragon, but that should not worry you. Your pet is perfectly fine. Even some dragons do not hiss that easily regardless of their excitement.

Note: chirping or chattering noises are very rare and not usually heard in captive areas.

3. Burping noise

Burping is a fairly common noise bearded dragons make. This is not necessarily a vocalization, but a natural reflex from the gut of the reptile pet.

Whenever bearded dragons burp, this usually means they are full. If you hear these noises when your pets have just eaten recently and are not very active, be patient because it might take a while for the lizard to digest its meal.

If your dragon sounds like he’s burping regularly during feeding time or in other moments of the day, then it may be that his stomach has an excess amount of gas that needs to break down before being expelled through burps.

This excess gas could also mean there isn’t enough air getting into their lungs while eating which will result in complex breathing problems later on as well as burping issues with food leftovers inside them from too much air intake at one point due to lack of proper oxygenation a long period of time.

You might want to check if the burping noises are too much and showing the reptile is experiencing some kind of discomfort.

If burping doesn’t stop soon enough and the reptile seems to struggle to breathe,  then you should seek immediate reptile veterinary care to make sure the beardie does not have something lodged in its throat and making breathing difficult.

4. Clicking noise

Clicking sounds are not vocalizations in bearded dragons. Instead, they can mean either of the two different things:

  • The bearded dragon has an upper respiratory infection (URI)
  • The jaws are snapping hard when eating, or teeth crashing against each other

If clicking noises are coming from your beardie, then it is possible they have an upper respiratory infection (URI). The clicking noise may be accompanied by some other symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, wheezing, labored breathing.

Upper respiratory infections in bearded dragons are fairly common and are usually caused by the reptile being in a dirty or wet environment. In case your bearded dragon has this type of URI you should take them to see their veterinarian and follow any advice given for treatment.

The clicking noise bearded dragons make is also a sound they produce by clicking and snapping their jaws.

This type of clicking occurs when the bearded dragon is opening its mouth with its lower jaw clamped down on an object, such as food or another object. The upper jaw releases pressure before clamping down again to create this clicking sound.

If your pet’s clicking noise becomes more frequent, it may be that he needs better dental care for his teeth and gums because excess bacteria can fester in there which will lead to gum disease later on as well as infections throughout the body from the compromised immune system due to constant irritation at all times even without any visible wounds or bites present.

5. Huffing noise

Huffing is a fairly common noise bearded dragons make. This means they are trying to intimidate another dragon or animal nearby, or even a human being when they’re not familiar with them.

Huffing sounds are almost like coughing. However, the sound is a little bit distinct as it may seem as if the reptile is angry and is keeping a lot of air in its body and shoving all of it out of its body in one go.

If your beardie hisses and huffs at you repeatedly with the intention of intimidation then it may want to show dominance over you. The reptile might also want to scare away kids or other pets that are hovering around its enclosure.

This type of behavior can become an issue if this becomes too frequent because there will come a time when intimidation might turn into aggression in order for them to get their point across.

Repeated huffing noises and hissing can mean the bearded dragon is left with no other way left but aggression and intimidation to claim its space instead of any other way of communication.

Keep in mind that bearded dragons prefer living in solitary, so introducing another reptile in its tank can cause aggression and sounds like hissing, puffing, and huffing.

6. Croaking noises

Croaking noises are not common or normal vocalizations in bearded dragons. They are similar to clicking that comes out when the bearded dragon is breathing. If you hear your bearded dragon making some croaking noises, it could be a sign of respiratory illness.

The croaking noise is a result of the bearded dragon’s lungs as they contract and push air out. They are also croaky when their throat swells because it has some type of infection in there that causes inflammation or irritation. When this happens, your beardie may have trouble breathing which will cause them to make these croaking noises with every breath they take, which can become more frequent over time until things get better again.

To diagnose if the croaking noise comes from an upper respiratory infection (URI) you need to look at what other symptoms accompany it like scratching the nose and mouth area or sneezing, coughing, wheezing, or labored breathing. You might want to check how often the sound occurs to determine if it is a serious health concern that needs to be checked.

I would advise that you take your bearded dragon to a reptile veterinarian if croaking noises are frequent and continue to worsen.

7. Squeaking noises

Squeaking is not a normal sound a bearded dragon would make. It may come out when the beardie is moving across a tile floor, meaning the pads are scratching against the surface.

Other lizards such as house geckos are able to produce squeaking sounds, but this is not true in bearded dragons. In fact, if your bearded dragon makes such noises from its mouth, you might want to check it for infection.

Squeaking noises while breathing could be a sign of breathing problems. It could mean they are struggling and need help, which would include taking them to a reptile veterinarian who specializes in beardies.

If you hear your beardie making squeaking noises at night while sleeping then take note of when he wakes up, especially if he does not eat anything during those hours.

As mentioned before,  respiratory infections can cause breathing problems in bearded dragons, making them struggle to breathe and therefore produce some unusual noises, including squeaks.

Again, it is a good idea to take the reptile pet to a vet for a complete check-up to rule out infections in the respiratory tract that may be causing unusual sounds from a reptile that does not vocalize at all.

8. Wheezing noises

 The wheezing sound is the result of breathing problems and can be caused by an infection, or it may be allergies. As mentioned before in this article, bearded dragons have a hard time catching their breath when they are struggling with respiratory infections which means you will hear these noises more often as your beardie gets worse.

It’s also possible that your beardie has developed allergies to something outside its tank like some type of pollen from plants on the ground (which would happen during summer) or even from inside the house if there was any recent cleaning done without proper protection for pets and surfaces where lizards live.

If you think that your pet might have asthma then I advise you to take him or her to a reptile veterinarian near you for a proper check-up and treatment. Some of these infections are a bit complex to handle, so you don’t want to try and treat your pet yourself.

9. Purring sounds

Bearded dragons do not have vocal cords. Therefore, you should not expect them to produce purring noises. Like cats, bearded dragons like being pet, but do not produce purring noises to show affection or to indicate that they are enjoying being held.

However, a purring-like sound could indicate a problem in the throat or even with the respiratory system that’s making the beardie make noise when breathing. If you hear purring sounds coming from your beardie’s mouth, this could indicate an infection or even a problem with the nose.

A visit to the reptile vet near you would be the most appropriate thing to do in this case to make sure the beardie remains healthy.

Note: Some of the videos you see showing bearded dragons purring when being pet are not real. They are fake and made for fun. Your beardie will most likely never make purring noises even when you show them affection because they lack vocal cords, so they cannot vocalize. Any sort of vocalization (other than hissing) is probably a sign something is wrong with their respiratory system.

10. Gagging/chocking noises

Gagging sounds are something worth worrying about because they mean the lizard is choking and is in distress.

Bearded dragons gagging sounds are usually caused when they eat something and it gets stuck in their throat. It’s a good idea to check out the reptile and even be familiar with this kind of sound as a pet owner. Also, learn how to prevent choking and gagging, which includes feeding your beardie appropriately sized prey items.

If you hear gagging noises coming from your pet at night while sleeping then take note of when he wakes up, especially if he does not eat anything during those hours.

You should also be aware that bearded dragon gags could be caused by an infection or even allergies (like mentioned before). If these symptoms persist for more than one day, I advise taking the reptile friend to a vet near you who specializes in reptiles for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Are bearded dragons bothered by noise?

Bearded dragons have the ability to hear. Therefore, they can recognize noise in their environment, that is why other beardies can hear the hissing sounds of warning when the dominant lizard makes them.

But, are the beardies sensitive to noise? Do loud noises bother the lizards? According to some sources, the noise itself is not what bothers them. The thing that beardies are sensitive about is the meaning of it.

For example, if a dominant bearded dragon hisses at you and goes into defense mode when your hands are near its enclosure or tank, this could mean different things like stress from being handled too much in recent days. But if it just quickly reacts with sound but doesn’t show any other signs of distress, then handling may be something they don’t mind so much.

Noises can also agitate beardies that have been taken out for feeding time outside their natural environment—especially ones raised by humans since birth instead of as wild-caught animals—since these noises will trigger an instinctive response to fight or flee.

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