A pet owner who is invested in this hobby would love to learn everything about their pets. It doesn’t just end with their behaviour or food preferences, rather boils down to the minute details, the type of noise they make for example.

Now, it’s easy if it’s a cat or a dog, even a frog! Because we’re used to it. But creatures like the salamanders are hard to figure out. And if you’re a first timer, I’m sure you’re totally fired up to learn how they sound.

I have it fully prepared for you. All you need to do is scroll…

What kind of noise do salamanders make?

Most salamanders are generally quiet animals and do not make any noticeable noise. Some species of salamanders may produce faint, high-pitched calls or chirps, but these sounds are not typically audible to the human ear.

Unlike birds, mammals, and reptiles, salamanders do not usually have vocalizations. Instead, they rely on other forms of communication, such as body language and chemical signals, to interact with other members of their species.

If you have a salamander, and you are concerned about noise, it is unlikely that the animal will make any significant amount of noise.

However, they make certain types of sounds like hissing sounds, clicking, barking, squeaking, air expulsion, croaking sound, etc. since we’re on the topic, here’s an interesting thread about a chinese giant salamander that took the internet by the collar a few years ago. It made sounds like an infant, I was amazed.

The noise made by different types of salamanders

All around the globe, there are more than 600 species of salamander. These wonderful creatures have a strong footprint in North America, Europe, the Himalayan Range, Central Asia, Japan, and China.

Chinese Giant Salamander
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It’s nearly impossible to tell if the majority of salamanders can make a noise or not. As time passes, scientists found the following can make noise or sound in different situations….

Salamander NameNoise/Sound Type
Smooth newtsThey are found in Europe and Central Asia, and this magnificent creature can produce sound-like mouses, which is a squeaky sound.
MudpuppyIt is a type of aquatic salamander that can generate tones almost similar to the sound of a barking dog.
Olm salamander Living inside the cave, the Olm salamander has two types of sound-producing abilities. Sometimes it makes a noisy hissing sound. You can relate the sound to the sound of steam releasing from a high-pressure compartment.Moreover, this salamander can produce a smacking sound.
Northwestern salamanderNorthwester salamanders emit a ticking sound whenever they are disturbed. Usually, after making a sound, they make a defensive posture.
Yellow blotched ensatina & Montere ensatina Yellow blotched ensatina, and Montere ensatina are native species of California that rarely generate a hissing sound like snakes and sometimes make a squeaking sound.
Long-toed salamanderDuring their adult stage long-toed salamanders can produce squeaky & clicking sounds. The main purpose of this noise is to startle their predator.
Spotted salamanderSpotted salamanders make a sound like the sound breaking of air bubbles. They can make noise in various positions like during handling, motionless state, and walking state.
Two-toed amphiunaTwo-toed amphiuna is a salamander species that makes a clicking sound. They use this sound when they want to interact with other salamanders of the same species.In addition to that, they are also heard to make a whistling noise.
Balkan crested newtsBalkan crested newts also produce both clicking and squeaking noises. When it comes to frequency,  the male species makes more sound compared to the female one. These little fellas make loud noises when they feel threatened by anything.
Tiger salamanderTiger salamanders are known for making a chirping sound and squeaky sounds. Under normal circumstances, they don’t do it. Whenever they are attacked or threatened by anything then they produce these sounds.
Pacific giant salamanderPacific giant salamanders are large size salamanders that can make a vocal sound. Plus, this large-size critter can make a croaking sound. They are also able to make a barking sound in times of attack from the predator.
Siren salamanderSiren salamanders are another species of salamander family that makes a yelp or screaming sound like a rabbit sound. When predator gives them the death bite & when they feel threatened then these species produce noise.
Himalayan crocodile newtBelong to eastern India and Nepal, the Himalayan crocodile newt was found to make a sound. Male salamanders of this species make a soft & unusual ‘ptaak’ like sound. This sound can sometimes be heard in multiple pulses & sometimes in a single pulse.
AxolotlAxolots are the most beautiful salamanders which can make squeaking, barking, and hiccuping noises. If they are taken out of the water tank or water body they will make such a sound. During buccal respiration, they make a hiccup sound. And when they do lung breathing, they produce a squeaky and barking sound.

Hope this list gives you a deeper idea about the noise or sound a salamander makes. Scientists are still researching to find out more and more species of salamander’s ability to produce sound.

Parting words

Salamanders may not vocalize to express feelings like other animals do, but that doesn’t mean they don’t communicate nontraditionally. I’m fascinated how they can get by just making a few simple noises. The animal kingdom is sure full of surprises.

I hope by reading this blog till the very end, you’ll have gained a deeper appreciation of these slithering critters.

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