As with many other geckos, Leopard geckos possess vocal cords which make them able to make certain noises. Although infrequently heard, here are the more common noises you might hear from your pet Leopard gecko and what they might mean.
Leopard geckos are often heard making squeaking noises. A squeak is a short, high-pitched sound – for example when two balloons are rubbing together. In many animals, squeaks are used to communicate between each other. With Leopard geckos squeaks are generally heard while in a calm, content state.
Unlike squeaks, clicking noises are often seen with threatened and annoyed Leopard geckos. It is often heard when handling baby Leopard geckos. Bathing or unfamiliar environments and/or a new friend (e.g. in the case of a new Leopard gecko) can also trigger this behaviour.
Similar to squeaking, chirping is often heard when a Leopard geckos is unhappy about something. Some keepers report that they heard chirping noises as if it is a call – to something like an empty food bowl, while others report that it goes with being startled or surprised.
Barking is another noise that is often heard in situations where a Leonard gecko might feel threatened. Similar to the barking sounds that dogs, make, barking sounds in Leopard geckos are similar to squeaks, but a little hoarser.
Yet another distressful sound that Leopard geckos make is squealing. A squeal is a high-pitched sound, as a scream of a child, or noisy worn-down brake pads. This sound mostly associated with being in defensive mode i.e. after being frightened or startled.
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