Noises that Chameleon make

Chameleons make five different types of sounds.  A few we may hear and few we may not.

  • Hissing
  • Hooting
  • Popping, Wheezing, and Coughing noise
  • Rustling noise
  • Grinding the teeth
  • Sighing


Chameleons express their emotions by changing their colors. Another way they show their emotions is by making weird sounds like hissing.

When they are hissing, try not to handle them because they are either angry or stressed, and there is a chance that your chameleon may bite you.

Hissing is a way of expressing their mood. Below are a few reasons why chameleon hiss.

  • Stress
  • Feels threatened
  • Illness
  • When they see other chameleons

All types of chameleon’s hiss. The reason for the chameleon hiss is to warn other chameleons. Out of all the types, the veiled chameleons hiss most often.

Chameleon Angry

Veiled Chameleons are the breed most frequently associated with hissing. When you disturb a baby chameleon by holding them or repeatedly touching them, they become stressed and hiss. Hissing is a signal of stress in young chameleons.

Sometimes chameleons hiss when you wear a bright-colored dress. This may seem weird, yet it will be a reason for your chameleon hissing because chameleons change to bright colors to threaten other chameleons when someone enters their territory.

Don’t take a picture of your chameleon with a flash on or too close to them. Try to take pictures quite a distance from the cage by zooming since your dark or bright-colored phone is a threat to them.

Male chameleons hiss more often than female chameleons. Female chameleons often hiss when they are pregnant and want to protect themselves from others.

It is normal behavior for all reptiles to hiss, but when your pet reptile hisses, the only thing you should do is back off!

Hooting sounds from chameleons

You may consider that hooting sounds from chameleons are not at all possible because owls are the ones who make hooting noises. Chameleons also make hooting sounds, but we won’t be able to hear them.

Scientists have proven that chameleons make hooting sounds to communicate with other chameleons. These sounds will create vibrations when the sound hits a branch, and in turn, it warns its fellow mates of any predators.

Chameleons emit these sounds due to resonator anatomy in the trachea of all chameleons and the casque found on the chameleon’s head, which may amplify the sound waves.

Popping, Wheezing, and Coughing noises

When you hear any of these kinds of sounds, your chameleon is suffering from a respiratory infection. If they suffer from a respiratory infection, they will keep their mouth wide open, and you will notice excess mucus. In this case, take them immediately to the vet so that your chameleon can be treated.

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Rustling noises

This sound is not from your chameleon but made by your chameleon when scratching the cage and moving around on plants. You will get used to these sounds since you will hear them daily when you have a pet chameleon.

Sighing sound

Chameleons do sigh, and it will sound like a sneeze when you hear it. A sighing sound can also be referred to as a hissing sound.

Grinding Sound

Many chameleons do not make this sound. This sound is a reflection of anger. When your pet chameleon gets angry, they open their mouth and close their mouth faster than usual. When they do this, the teeth get crunched, and grinding sounds are made.

Chameleons won’t grind their teeth often. It is a very rare incident, and it depends on the nature of your chameleon.

Final thoughts

When you get a chameleon as a pet, you have to monitor them and hear all their sounds because some sounds they make may be related to respiratory infection. Other than that, your chameleon will be quiet all the time, and it will be as if they are not there.