Noises Geckos make


Every living species on earth makes sounds, and geckos are no exception. They make sounds to communicate, defend, call a mate, and express stress. Geckos’ sounds depend on their emotions (they scream as a defensive mechanism and chirp when they feel romantic).

What sounds do geckos make?

A big YES! To communicate with the other geckos, they produce different sounds in different situations, according to their moods. The most common sounds are clicking, chirping, barking, and screaming. Also, geckos wave the tails to signal and to divert predators.

Do geckos always make sounds?

No, not always. They make sounds to express the stress, to communicate, and to call their mate. When you hear your gecko making noise, take a look over their enclosure and if you detect any stress-causing things, remove it instantly from the enclosure.

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Common Sounds


As a new gecko owner, you might get startled when your gecko screams, but try not to panic. Instead, look around – there might be something that is scaring them. Remember that your gecko screams to defend itself.

You may also notice that your gecko screams at and/or attacks you sometimes. This may be because they may be threatened by your gigantic look. Baby gecko screams more than an adult gecko, mainly because of the new environment. They will adapt as they grow, so don’t worry too much.


The chirping sound is a mating call, and it is the most common sound you will hear. Geckos may also chirp when you handle them roughly if they are hungry or unhappy.

Clicking noises

When you hear a clicking sound from your gecko, understand that your gecko is trying to communicate with you, so pay attention. It can also mean that they are unhappy. If your gecko clicks when you are near them, then the reason for the clicking might be you.

If your gecko clicks while you are handling him, then set them down. Geckos sometimes don’t want to be handled. If you handle them and don’t hear clicking noises, then they are willing to communicate with you – most of the time, they would want to tell you that there is something making them nervous.


Barking is the hoarse tone of chirping. It is not too common, but you may hear it sometimes. Geckos bark when they are afraid of something and maybe want to ward it away.

Do loud noises scare geckos?

Geckos are known to be sensitive to sound, so loud noises may easily stress them. Their sound sensitivity is a built-in personal warning system to protect them from predators in the wild, as well as a tool to hunt for food. As such, geckos are extremely responsive to loud noises, and it can stress them.

Geckos are more responsive when they can associate some sounds with activities, but they should be normal volume sounds. This means that if you usually handle them right after a loud door bang or any other loud noise, they will associate the loud noise with you. This can make your gecko distrust you, and it will be hard for you to handle them.

Why is my gecko staring at me?

Staring is a natural gecko behavior. They usually stare at moving things to ensure it is not a predator—geckos stare to recognize the things around them.

Gecko’s Body language

Tongue Flicking

Tongue flicking is a very common behavior in geckos. When they flick their tongue, they smell you or their environment to get a sense of what is around them. This allows them to explore and familiarize themselves with their surroundings.

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Tail Shaking and Wiggling

The primary tool a gecko has in communicating with other geckos is its tail. Slow wiggling lets other geckos know they are there; fast, vigorous shakes indicate they are being defensive or feel threatened. If you see quick and vigorous shakes when you try to pick it up, then your gecko is not interested in being handled.


Geckos are most active during the evenings, so it isn’t completely unheard of for your gecko to hide during the day. Hiding for 24 hours or more could mean something else is going on. The most common reason for hiding for an extended period is that the tank is too cold for them.

Geckos are cold-blooded and require warm exterior temperatures to regulate and perform bodily functions. Hiding is also related to stress or fear, especially when brought into a new home. Give them plenty of places to hide until they feel safe. Remember to be patient.

Try to encourage your gecko out of their hide by offering a tasty treat instead of forcibly pulling them out. This will help them feel secure and set them on the path to trusting you.

Tank climbing

Tank climbing is another typical behavior. You will often see them trying to climb the glass walls, and most of the time, nothing is wrong. Sometimes, however, tank climbing can be a sign that your gecko is trying to get out of the environment because something is wrong.

It could be as simple as incorrect tank size, a dull environment, or that they aren’t getting along with another gecko in their tank. Ensure you provide the gecko with the proper tank size, temperature, and plenty of places to climb and hide to provide stimulation.

Do geckos sneeze?

Yes, they do. The noise they create is sometimes described as a cough as well. They’ll sneeze when they have debris in their nostrils, mouth, or worse: when they have rea respiratory infection.

Your gecko sneezing can be caused by impaction, incorrect living conditions, or respiratory infection. However, in most cases, it is nothing serious.

Final Thoughts

Whatever the sound your gecko makes, you can easily understand the situation by listening carefully. When you understand what is causing them to make the sound, you will know what matters to your gecko and remove any distress sooner. As time flies, you will get a knack for what your gecko wishes to communicate.