Why Crested Geckos Make Noise?

Crested geckos make noises primarily for communication purposes, both in the wild and in captivity.

However, sometimes, if they feel stressed or uncomfortable, they can also produce chirping or barking sounds.

This could be due to handling, unfamiliar surroundings, other geckos in the enclosure, or even loud noises!

Here are the key things:

  • Chirping usually indicates stress or discomfort, while barking is a more assertive version.
  • Sounds are not always negative – some might be related to curiosity or communication.
  • If you hear popping or clicking sounds, consult a vet as it could be a respiratory issue.
Remember: Always pay attention to your gecko’s body language and context when they vocalize. This can help you understand the underlying cause and ensure their well-being.

But how do they do that?

Unlike many reptiles, crested geckos lack vocal cords.

Instead, they create sound by rapidly contracting muscles in their larynx (voice box).

This rapid movement pushes air through the glottis (the opening between the vocal cords), resulting in vibrations that produce the characteristic chirps and barks.

However, the intensity and speed of the contractions can vary, which creates different sounds and volumes.

I hope this helps…

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