Moving with Your Reptile

Moving with Your Reptile

You've got everything set: The movers are scheduled, the boxes are packed (well, most of them, anyway), the old house has been sold, the new one rented, and the kids are registered at their new schools. But there's one more worry: How will your pet manage the move?

Making a Stress-Free Transition

  • About a month before you're supposed to leave, take your reptile to the veterinarian to make sure there are no underlying illnesses that might cause problems in a stressful situation, such as a move.
  • If you are moving to another state (or another country) check to see which documents – general health certificates, proof of vaccinations, etc. – are required. If you are moving abroad, check on the quarantine policies of your final destination, and those of any countries you might be passing through.
  • Try to keep schedules and daily routines close to what the reptile is used to.
  • If your reptile becomes so stressed that he stops eating, get him to a vet right away. Lack of appetite can indicate underlying illness.
  • If you'll be traveling by car, some reptiles can often make the trip in their familiar cages. Remove objects that could fall and injure the reptile and make sure he has fresh water available at all times. Keep temperatures consistent – not too hot and not too cold.
  • For brief trips, snakes and large lizards can be transported in a securely tied pillowcase.
  • Be extremely careful when opening the reptile's cage or taking him out of his carrier while you're on the road. Even though you are careful, he may be able to escape and get away from you.
  • As soon as you arrive in your new home, pick a spot for the reptile's cage. Make sure he has appropriate heat and water.
  • Find a reptile vet in your new neighborhood. Check with local herp clubs for recommendations.

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