We all know that cats, dogs and especially birds can be pretty noisy sometimes. This could not only get on your nerves, but also on your neighbor´s nerves. So what about bearded dragons? Do bearded dragons make noises?
Bearded dragons do not have vocal cords, their communication is done by body language. They can hiss if they feel threatened, but they can´t make any real sounds like a dog, for example. However, the crickets that bearded dragons eat can be pretty noisy at times.
Still, only because bearded dragons can´t make any noises, it does not mean that you won´t ever hear anything from your bearded dragon. In fact, there are a couple of noises you are going to hear from your bearded dragon and you should actually pay close attention to some of them. Continue to read to learn more.
Do Bearded Dragons Make Noises?
As I said above, bearded dragons do not make any noises. At least not like we do or other animals like dogs or cats do.
Bearded dragons and other reptiles rarely make any noises, because they communicate only by body language. In fact, bearded dragons have a very clear body language which makes it easy to understand what they want from you.
For example, bearded dragons use head bobbing to show dominance or to show that they are ready to mate. They wave with their arms to show submission. I am sure you already have seen some videos on Youtube that shows a bearded dragon waving. It looks actually pretty funny.
The coloring in bearded dragons also plays a big role in communication. If you thought till now that only chameleons can change their color, you were wrong. While bearded dragons cannot show completely different colors, they can show brighter or darker colors.
For example, they can color their beard black to show that they feel discomfort. A black beard is also used while mating. If you want to learn more about that, read this article about bearded dragons and black beards.
So now you know why bearded dragons do not need to make any sounds. However, which sounds can you expect from your bearded dragons from time to time?
Hissing In Bearded Dragons
If bearded dragons hiss, they always combine this with a very strong body language.
Bearded dragons hiss to scare any threats aways. Some people say that this is an aggressive behavior, but I would call it a defensive behavior as bearded dragons are not known for attacking out of nowhere.
Hissing in bearded dragons is a last warning. If you ignore a bearded dragon´s hissing and touch it anyways you will get slapped by its tail or you will get bitten.
Often times, bearded dragons show a very black beard while doing that and they also puff their bodies and their beards up to seem bigger and more dangerous. Of course, bearded dragons have to open their mouths to hiss.
Before you think that bearded dragons are likely to bite, this is not the case. Actually most bearded dragon owners never hear their bearded dragons hiss, because beardies are naturally very laid back and don´t really want to attack.
That´s why a lot of bearded dragons are sold to families with kids, but also to beginners.
If you want to know exactly when and why bearded dragons hiss, read my article on that here.
Some bearded dragons scratch the glass of their tank and it seems that they want to get out. Not all bearded dragons do this and while it is not very noisy it can get on one´s nerve from time to time.
There are various reasons for glass surfing. It could be that your bearded dragon has seen a fly or a spider at the other side of the room. Remember, they have very good eyes.
However, it could also be that your bearded dragon has learned that you will let it out if it shows this behavior. Bearded dragons are actually pretty smart and experiments were made that show how smart they really are. If you want to learn more about this, click here.
They Like To Dig
Digging in bearded dragons is a natural behavior. Bearded dragons like to dig caves and they also like to bury themselves in sand.
Unfortunately, the majority of bearded dragon owners does not allow this behavior, because they use reptile carpet or newspaper as substrate.
Why are they doing this? Some bearded dragons eat substrate from time to time. If you use a sand mix as substrate, it can happen that your bearded dragon gets impacted from eating too much substrate. That´s why many people avoid any substrates that could lead to impaction.
However, the truth is that bearded dragons only eat substrate if they feel that they need to balance their minerals. Offering calcium at all times will help to avoid this behavior in bearded dragons.
Digging is not loud at all and you should encourage your bearded dragon to do this.
I recommend to get a clay mix as substrate. If you want to know which substrate I like to use, read my bearded dragon substrate guide.
Is Your Bearded Dragon Sick?
Unfortunately, bearded dragons can get sick from time to time. While most diseases can not be heard, a couple of diseases can lead to a very weak hissing in bearded dragons.
It is not really a hissing like the normal hissing, it is more like a noisy breathing combined with coughing or even choking.
If your bearded dragon shows this, there is a good chance that your bearded dragon is suffering from lung inflammation, parasites or yellow fungus disease. If you hear something like this, you have to take your bearded dragon to a vet immediately.
Their Food Can Be Pretty Noisy
If you buy a full box of crickets, you probably will hear some sounds chirps from time to time. Depending on how many crickets you have bought, you could even hear that pretty often.
If this noise could get on your nerves depends on what you like. I love those sounds actually and I know a lot of people who also love them.
Still, if you don´t want to hear those sounds, there is an easy fix. Simply buy dubia roaches instead of crickets. Dubia roaches are way healthier for your bearded dragon and they are absolutely silent.
Frequently Asked Questions
So you just have learned that bearded dragons are pretty silent creatures, but there are still a couple of questions left that a lot of people ask all the time.
Are Bearded Dragons Noisy At Night?
Bearded dragons do not have vocal cords and are not able to make any noises. Besides that, bearded dragons are diurnal, which means that they sleep during the night and are active during the day.
Do Bearded Dragons Have Vocal Cords?
Bearded dragons and other reptiles do not have vocal cords and therefore are not able to make any sounds. The only lizards that have vocal cords are geckos.
If you are looking for a very quiet and awesome pet, the bearded dragon is the pet you need. Always make sure that everything is okay with your bearded dragon if you hear any weird noises from it.
So, do bearded dragons make noises? Nope! They are silent 🙂
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