Do Iguanas Make Sound?

The exotic pet trade is blamed for the rise in iguanas in the wild. The theory is that people procured the reptiles as pets, had second thoughts, and released them into nature where they have thrived and multiplied. Iguanas are becoming increasingly common in parts of the United States that stay warm year-round.

These pests’ reputation for sitting silently on a log while occasionally flicking their tongues is largely true. While iguanas are not known to make a lot of noise, they do create sounds akin to sneezing or snorting. When excess salts from food and the environment collect in their bodies, it is sneezed out as a gritty, watery discharge from the pests’ nostrils. People might also hear whipping iguana sounds as their tails slice through the air. This common behavior is used to express agitation or warn off predators.

Problems Caused by Iguanas

The introduction of iguanas into a habitat creates competition with native species for food, ravaging crops and foliage. The pests eat valuable landscape plants, shrubs, trees, and flowers as well as nesting birds and eggs. When female iguanas nest underground, their burrows can weaken sidewalks, patios, foundations, and seawalls. Additionally, their droppings can carry bacteria like salmonella. To avoid problems around the house and yard, call the wildlife professionals at Trutech when you hear iguana noises in the vicinity.