Due to the massive spike in popularity that bearded dragons have seen recently, there are a large number of people reaching out with different questions prior to adding a bearded dragon to their family.
This is great to see as bearded dragons are not for everyone and it’s always better to discover any potential issues with a new pet prior to actually adding it to your family.
We really do see a large number of questions about bearded dragons each month but one of the main ones that we have noticed more and more people asking recently is if bearded dragons make noise at night or not.
Bearded dragons are diurnal animals meaning they are awake during the day and sleep during the night so it is rare that they will make much noise at night.
That said, there are a few potential problems that may cause a bearded dragon to act like a nocturnal animal as well as a few other reasons that a bearded dragon may make sounds during the night so we wanted to publish this article going over the topic to try and help our readers.
Do Bearded Dragons Make Noise At Night?
The five most common reasons that your bearded dragon may make noise at night are:-
- Respiratory Sounds
- Sounds From Their Food
- Glass Surfing
There are some less common reasons that your bearded dragon may make sound at night but they really are rare and most people will find that their bearded dragon is creating sound due to one of the reasons above.
In some very rare vivarium setups, your lighting rig can actually confuse your bearded dragon’s internal body clock to switch it to be more active at night similar to a nocturnal animal.
If you think that you may be having issues with this then correcting the problem with your vivariums lighting should easily be to fix this with minimal issues.
Bearded dragons hiss for a wide range of reasons and hissing is not only an indication of stress, anxiety or anger in bearded dragons.
It is rare that your bearded dragon will hiss for extended periods of time during the night though, especially if it is in its vivarium alone with no causes of stress.
As we covered in our article on treating a bearded dragon cricket bite, if you live feed your bearded dragon and your beardie doesn’t eat the insects right away, they may fight back and bite your bearded dragon.
The pain can cause your bearded dragon to start hissing and this can be common at night due to most of the insects bearded dragons eat being more active during the night.
There are a wide range of respiratory sounds that your pet bearded dragon is able to make at night with some being totally natural and normal but others can be a sign of a potential problem in your beardie.
These sounds include but are not limited to:-
Depending on where you keep your pet bearded dragon’s vivarium, you may not be able to hear these sounds at night but if you keep your bearded in your bedroom then they may be enough to interrupt your sleep.
You also have to keep in mind that sneezing can be far more frequent when a bearded dragon is shedding too as it is a natural reaction to help get rid of the excess skin shed inside your bearded dragon’s nose.
If your bearded dragon is sneezing excessively during the night and making lots of nose then it may have skin shed stuck in its nose and our article on helping a bearded dragon shed its nose may be helpful.
Sounds From Their Food
As we touched on earlier in the article, many of the popular insects that people feed their pet bearded dragons are more active during the night than they are during the day.
This means that depending on what you choose to feed your pet bearded dragon, you may find that the insects in the vivarium actually make more sound than your pet bearded dragon does if you live feed your beardie.
As we touched on earlier, live feeding is not usually the best option due to the noise at night and the risk of bites on your bearded dragon.
Thankfully, the majority of people should easily be able to switch over to feeding their pet bearded dragon freeze dried insects instead to maintain a healthy diet while also preventing any noise at night.
If you follow the bearded dragon salad feeding method, freeze dried insects are a much better option in most cases anyway and we highly recommend this feeding method if possible.
Some bearded dragons love digging in their vivarium and this can be surprisingly noisy, especially if you have an aggressive digger who really goes for it.
Depending on your vivarium setup and your bearded dragon’s personality, they may choose to do their digging at night to try and dig a burrow to sleep in, especially if you have a bearded dragon dig box in your vivarium.
If you keep your vivarium in your bedroom then this can be very noisy so most people will want to either move their vivarium if possible or look to discourage digging by removing the dig box or reducing the depth of the substrate in the vivarium.
In most situations, it will be a better option for you to just move the vivarium to a different area if possible rather than discourage the digging as some beardies really do love to dig.
Glass surfing is when your bearded dragon gets up on the glass of its vivarium and tries to climb up it.
The sound can cause a high pitched squeak that is very annoying and will definitely wake you up, sometimes even if your beardies vivarium is kept in another room.
This behavior is usually due to stress and anxiety in your pet bearded dragon or due to problems with your lighting unit’s lighting schedule making your beardie think that night is day.
Both of these can be easy to fix but the easiest issue is usually problems with your lighting schedule as it’s usually very straight forward.
If you think that your bearded dragon is glass surfing at night due to stress or anxiety and making lots of noise, finding the source of the stress can be a pain.
Do Bearded Dragons Make Chirping Noises?
Unlike some other reptiles, bearded dragons don’t tend to make chirping noises, especially at night making the easier to keep in your bedroom.
Still, some bearded dragons may make clicking noises but this is usually during the day and often due to a potential health problem too.