Pets Guide: Reptiles

There are strict government regulations regarding the entry of pet reptiles in to most states. See the states regulatory contact list at the end of this guide to find out what you need to do before moving your reptile from state to state.

As a general rule of thumb the carrier that a reptile is transported in needs to be kept moist. Place the reptile in a cloth bag and tie the top of the bag giving the reptile enough room to move about, place the bag in the shipping container. Use foam peanuts as cushioning and support and dampen some paper and place in the shipper to keep environment moist.

Make sure there are air holes in the shipper for ventilation. If you are traveling overnight with your reptile you may need to place him in the tub of your hotel room at night for a nice long soak. Check if the hotel allows pets first.

Do not ship reptiles in hot or cold weather as they may be left outside for periods of time in the shipping container in the inclement weather.

Snakes must be handled with extra care especially if they are venomous. It is required by most airlines to have the snakes double crated. This means putting the snake in a crate and then placing this crate in another larger crate. Be sure there is adequate ventilation. The airline may provide you with stickers to put on all sides of the crate and you will need to write the type of snake on this label. You should also write on the sticker whether the snake is venomous or not on this.


Remember to keep the surroundings of all reptiles moist but not wet. Use a damp cloth and place inside the container is one of the best ways to do this.