Moving with reptiles
Reptiles are more closely
regulated by government laws than other pets.
Prior to planning your move, check with the
restrictions of your new home to determine
the state regulations regarding reptiles.
Reptiles can usually be transported in
their usual cages. Ensure that the reptile’s
environment remains moist during the transport.
If you are transporting a snake, place it
in a cloth bag with the top tied. Allow the
snake room to move about and place the bag
in a shipping container with cushioning material
such as foam peanuts. Additionally, moisten
paper to place in the box with the snake
so that it can keep the air moist.
If you are making a long road trip with
your reptile, check with hotels and only
make reservations at a facility that permits
reptiles. You may want to take your pet out
of its container at the hotel to allow it
to move about freely in the bathtub.
Never expose reptiles to extreme temperatures
of hot or cold, and take care to avoid their
exposure to unusual climates for long periods
For snakes and other reptiles traveling
by air, check with the airline for special
requirements prior to planning the trip.
Special crate regulations may be imposed
for snakes, with even further restrictions
for venomous or poisonous snakes. No matter
what type of reptile you are making flight
arrangements for, make certain that its carrier
is adequate in both ventilation and size.
The airline will also inform you of requirements
regarding the labeling of the shipping container.