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Ensatina vocalization

This is a discussion on Ensatina vocalization within the Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) forums, part of the Species, Genus & Family Discussions category; I have read that Ensatinas could make slight hissing sounds but the other day, one squeaked several times at me ...

Plethodontids and Lungless Salamanders (Bolitoglossa, Eurycea, Plethodon, etc.) The largest, and one of the most diverse groups of salamanders, these salamanders have all evolved to breathe solely through their skin and are found almost exclusively in North America.

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Old 24th August 2009   #1 (permalink)
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I have read that Ensatinas could make slight hissing sounds but the other day, one squeaked several times at me as I released him next to the boulder it had been under... very similar to the sound that arboreal salamanders make... I wondered if anyone else had witnessed this?



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I've been keeping quite a few for almost a decade now and have never heard any vocalization.



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I've heard surprisingly loud squeaky vocalizations from tiger and fire salamanders (which of course are a lot bigger).



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Default Re: Ensatina vocalization

I heard Ensatinas could make hissing sounds online, and I also have heard my Ensatina eschscholtzii oregonensis make 'burping'- like vocalizations, but never squeaks. One of my Aneides lugubris was extremely vocal. I have never heard an Ensatina squeak in the wild or captivity. I will look into this for you.

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I've heard surprisingly loud squeaky vocalizations from tiger and fire salamanders (which of course are a lot bigger).
Air escaping through the nares will produce a squeak-like sound. With few exceptions, salamanders do not produce vocalizations as they lack vocal chords/sacs.



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I've heard squeaks from all of my ambystomatids, and recently from my Taricha. This one surprised me, as I've had her for years and never heard anything. Then she squeaked 3 times in one feeding!

Of course, this squeaking is what Jan described.

Would a hissing sound be more like a forceful sigh? A loud exhalation?



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Default Re: Ensatina vocalization

Yeah, I think it might be more common for the larger salamanders to produce squeak like vocalizations. Some Taricha and Dicamptodon, both native to my area can produce squeak like sounds. What subspecies was it? Just yesterday, Sunday, I had a Coastal Range Fence Lizard produce a hissing sound. Maybe he was just mad or mean (in his genes?LOL).

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