Noises of Iguana

Iguanas Noise

Iguanas do not make much sound. Even when they do, it is occasional and does not cause irritations or disturbances to other animals.

When Do Iguanas Make Sounds?

The most noise iguanas produce is similar to soft and/or low coughs or sneezes. And you will not be able to hear unless you concentrate on that sound. They wheeze to expel excess sodium in their system, acquired from their leaves and fruit diet, so remember that wheezing is not a sign of illness or aggressiveness.


Iguana makes raspy noises and is produced by their tails when agitated.


Iguanas will make the whipping noise when they are agitated or are trying to drive away predators. If you find your iguana making those whipping noises, take a look around their enclosure to check what might be causing them to feel agitated.

Preventing the Whipping

Whenever you see your iguana’s tail is moving back and forth, check their cage for foreign entities like mosquitos, flies, and other small creatures that can easily get into the cage if it is open.

Removing the object or pest is beneficial since your iguana might injure its tail warding them off.


Sometimes, iguanas learn that stroking is actually a very nice feeling, and so they purr out of pleasure.  It is not very loud. They purr until you stop stroking them.

Do Iguanas always make a Sound?

Many new pet owners are concerned about the type of sounds their iguana will make once it arrives in its new environment, but unlike dogs or birds, iguanas rarely make sounds.

Iguanas and Loud Noises

Iguanas are very sensitive to loud sounds. If you communicate loudly, they will become scared of you, and in turn, may make them hostile in your presence. If this happens, they will hide whenever they see you, thinking that you are a predator.  

Identifying the Sounds Coming from Your Iguana

Iguanas are not known to be loud reptiles, but they can make some strange sounds that may make you wonder what is going on with them.

Just by identifying the sound your iguana makes, you can determine what might be going on with your iguana.

Iguana Sound

Coughing and Sneezing

Keeping the iguana’s cage clean is the most important thing that you have to do. Iguanas cannot catch colds or viruses from humans, but a dirty cage heightens the likelihood of your iguana accumulating food and other dust on their skin. When the debris stockpiles on its skin, your iguana will make coughing or sneezing sounds often.

Do not be too alarmed – their coughing and sneezing remove the particles from your iguana. You may also notice a watery substance coming from its nose when this happens.

Iguanas may also cough and sneeze for another reason, which is to expel the excess amount of sodium in its body. Too many green leaf and fruits cause them to cough and sneeze. This is a natural activity. So, you do not have to be worried.

But when the coughing persists, you may also find a bigger problem.

While coughing and sneezing, it is normal that you hear a whipping noise coming from your iguana. That will be the sound of their tail making sound going back and forth. They swish their tail when you introduce another person or animal to them. Your pet iguana usually thinks that the new being is a predator.

In the wild, they run and hide when they see their predators, but this is not the case in cages. This, then, causes agitation and they move their tail back and forth.

How to Prevent Persistent Coughing in an Iguana

There are a lot of factors that can cause your iguana to regularly cough, but the most prevalent oe is its living environment. You have to keep the temperature of their cage between 82-90°F. If you need to keep them even warmer, adjust to about 95-100°F.

If you do not live in a warm climate, purchase a UV light. These can often be purchased from your local pet store where you purchased your iguana. If you purchase the UV light, your iguana will get the same light as natural sunlight. This will keep your iguana more comfortable.

If your iguana’s cough does not reduce by then, take them to their veterinarian. They can help determine if its living environment is the reason behind its coughing, or if there is something else contributing to it.

Iguana Cough

Final thought

Iguanas are silent reptiles. They only make sounds when they are angry or sick. They cough and sneeze like humans. If exhibiting a regular cough, take them to their veterinarian.