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Pet Transport: Snakes and Reptiles
Travelling interstate or overseas with your reptilian pets needn't be stressful. Follow these hints to ensure your snakes, turtles and other reptiles enjoy a safe, hassle-free trip.
- Consider a specialist pet transport company so your pets€ travel is handled by experts. Although dogs and cats make up 99 % of transported pets, a reputable company should be able to handle any type of animal that can be legally moved interstate or overseas.
A pet transporting company will ensure your reptile, lizard or snake travels in air-conditioned comfort to and from the airport, and that all paperwork is done and quarantine requirements met.
- Ask your pet transporter about quarantine (link to reptile quarantine article) when moving your reptiles interstate or overseas. It is very likely, especially if travelling overseas, that they will have to spend time in quarantine.
A reputable company will have an AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Services) accredited vet, who will examine your pet reptile before departure and sign the appropriate forms.
- Take your snake, turtle or other reptile to your vet a week before departure, to ensure that they are in good health and fit to travel.
Get the right sized IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved travel container from your pet transporter or ask at the veterinary clinics while your pet has its checkup. Different species of reptiles require different species-specific lockable containers.
- Feed your reptiles at least 12 hours before the move, but do not feed them on the day. Put your snake, lizard or turtle in a hessian bag which you then put inside the travel container.
- Take your snake or other reptile in their container to the pet transporter, or if they collect from your home, travel with them to the transporter's office.
Once your pet reptile has been checked for quarantine purposes, if necessary, and replaced in their container, there is no more for you to do.
Your reptile will travel in an air-conditioned van to the airport, at the same temperature as the plane. If the flight is an international one, they will be checked at each stopover.
What happens when your snakes and reptiles arrive?
On arrival, your pet snake or turtle will be collected by the pet transporter representative, given fresh water and cleared through Customs and Quarantine.
If they do not need quarantine, they will be brought home in an air-conditioned van.
If your pets have to spend a period in quarantine, the pet transporter can arrange to pick them up when it's free to come to your new home.
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