The sounds a glider makes is many, and if
you listen very closely, you can here the difference in them. Some are
similar others are very distinctive.. My gliders name is Baybe Gizmo, as
in the gremlins, if you listen very closely, and pay attention to them
while they are making their sounds, you can almost hear them speak. It
won't be hard to start putting words to their sounds.
I will try to explain them the best I can...
The names are direct links to the sound, so you can hear them as well.
On some the volume has had to be increased as to make it clear as to what
it sounds like. Some of these files are pretty big, so please be patient,
as they are worth the wait.
I wish to take this time to thank Ruth of
Information Exchange for some of these sound files.
BARK - this is an interesting
sound, it sounds much like a puppy yipping.. The meaning of this is still
unknown, you must pay attention closely as to what is going on around your
glider at the time, also listen for any other noises, even faint ones in
the distant. Some ideas as to what this means are..
PURR- This sounds very
much like a tiny kittens purr. It is very faint and methodical. It is a
sound of contentment, just as a kittens would be. This sound is also
one that few people get a chance to hear. With it being so faint, unless
the glider is very close to you, for example in your pocket or on your
chest, the chances of being able to hear it, is based upon the trust that
your glider and yourself has built between you. This sound, had to have
the volume increased, the mic was placed directly on her and volume increased
CRAB- This is their only defense,
short of biting. This is an interesting sound, it sounds much like a locust
at night.. graduating in pitch then decreasing. It is very loud and makes
them sound like they are much bigger than they really are. When you hear
this sound, freeze, don't pull back and don't move forward. The reasoning
is simple. You want them to trust you, if they are making this sound, the
trust is not there yet. If interpreted, this means "Leave me alone, I am
scared to death"
HISSING - This is yet
another sound depending on where they are and what they are doing. So I
will try to explain the best I can..
It sounds much like a snake that is hissing that is in labor.. very
short and deliberate hisses.. This can be a sound of constipation, watch
them while they make this sound, there are very distinct differences
between this and other hissing sounds. If the tail is straight up in the
air and they seem to be hunched over, chances are they are having a hard
time going to the bathroom and this problem needs to be corrected.
. This sounds very much like the one above but in slightly longer intervals,
and has some slight differences in the pitches. this could be a sound of
annoyance, basically they don't like something,
This one has very long stretches.. I have heard this when one wants
the other near to them.. they are long and drawn out.. You can actually
hear the hissing going both on the inhale as well as the normal exhale..
Interpreted, this means "come here RIGHT NOW"
This sounds much like a squirrel clicking , very short, very quick taps..
we usually hear this each morning when our male hears up come near the
cage, we interpret it as " Good Morning" or "Hello, glad to see you.".
CHIRP - This actually sounds
like a gurbuling sound, most often, (but not limited to) heard while
eating their fav foods.. this clip was turned up in volume, many times
so as to get a good idea what the sound is. Definitely a content sound.
CRYING - This is a sound
most generally heard by joeys, or gliders that have just went into a new
home and is crying for their mom and/or family.
SINGING - Glider moms
sing to their babies while they are still in the pouch, this is a very
sweet and rhythmic sound, and you can definitely tell she is singing to
them.. It sounds very much like a churble and changes in pitches and sounds.
Much like our music, no two songs are the same. Each time I hear it, I
know, and it is by far one of the sweetest sounds I have ever heard.
Now, how to tell the difference, is to learn your gliders.
Mating - Obviously, if you have a male and female together, that
is of breeding age, they will do this. It is part of their mating ritual,
and will be continuous for a long time. I know it drives me nuts,
It is very common for people to believe that the males and females are
fighting during this time. But it is all part of it. From the time you
hear this sound, you can just about count your sixteen days, and have joeys
in the pouch.
Fighting - very common sound, BetsyCC calls this the "get your foot
outta my face " sound. It is a sound of annoyance between 2 gliders. this
sound if fussing or fighting, will not generally last for a continually
long period of time. If you have just introduced a couple of gliders, and
haven't made sure they get along, be sure you watch them closely, this
sound could mean the death of one. It is also a sign of dominance. While
two gliders are establishing their dominance.