We’ve covered moving with elderly people, children, musical instruments, and of course, standard pets — but one thing someone moving in Louisiana may need to know is the art of moving reptiles safely. After all, some of us take the critters right out of the bayou and into our homes.
Condition check. You simply can’t move a sick or injured reptile, unless of course the move is to the vet. Otherwise, the results can be the loss of the animal’s life. You should take care to monitor the animal more closely than usual in the days prior to the move for any signs of a problem.
Stable environment. Reptiles must have the correct temperature and humidity level to remain healthy. Obviously making a move can disrupt the balance. If possible, it’s nice to keep the animal in their own environment during the move to reduce stress. But if the animal must be transported in other containers, such as Styrofoam coolers, it is important to use portable hand warming pouches to keep them cozy.
Avoid accidents. Especially with snakes, you simply can’t afford to have them escape during transport. There has been legal precedent for owners being held liable to injury and damages done by their escaped reptiles, so do take care to securely package them. Take the time to research how to lock their enclosures down to avoid an issue.
Legal documents. It’s important to be aware of state and local laws with respect to “exotic animals.” Proper licensing and even quarantine may be required prior to the animal being allowed to reside at your destination. A veterinarian would be a great place to start learning what you need to file for and maintain to remain “legit” with your prized pet — even if it has claws and lays eggs.