Moving with reptiles: Care should be taken

Moving with reptiles: Care should be taken

A move is usually stressful and associated with a lot of planning. Furniture, registrations and facilities already provide a lot of work. It gets more complicated when animals have to move to the new home. With dog, cat and guinea pig this is a little easier than with reptiles. Especially when relocating the exotics such as snakes, bearded dragons, lizards, geckos and Co., a lot has to be taken into account so that the move to the new home runs smoothly and without damage.

Reptiles as Pets

So many animal lovers can be with cats and dogs do not start much. In the terraristik more exotic animals are to be found. While one runs away screaming in front of the terrarium, the other enjoys the sight of tarantulas and Co. Therefore, it is not uncommon that in the domestic four walls also numerous terrariums with reptiles are. Frequently to find here are:

  • Snakes
  • Tarantulas
  • Geckos
  • Chameleons
  • Bearded Dragons
  • Iguanas
  • Turtles
  • Insects
  • a. v. m.

The time required for these animals is usually low. They do not have to go for a walk with them and in terms of play and employment, these animals are often self-sufficient. However, things get more complicated when a move to these exotics is due. Here you have to transport animals and terrarium unscathed - a much more complicated project than cats and dogs.

Registrations and registrations are the first steps

The very first contact person is the landlord. Here you should definitely play with open cards that reptiles will move into the new apartment. Because the legal situation in animals beyond the small animal status is a gray area - a general ban, however, not possible. Nevertheless, it can come in the worst case to the unwanted termination of the apartment. Therefore, it is more advisable to be honest and open about the tenancy.

Uninformed and frightened landlords can often be easily appeased by presenting the animals before they move. Even evidence of expertise and the reference to locks and other security measures can reassure the skeptical landlord.

Many terrarium inhabitants are subject to a duty of registration. If the church is changed, not only the human inhabitants have to be re-registered and registered. The careful reptile owner therefore inquires in advance which regulations exist at the new place of residence. Because the regulations vary from state to state. In addition, some animals are also the holding permit: poisonous snakes and poisonous insects, for example, require this permit from the veterinary office. Here, too, the owner should be fully informed in the new community.

The Transportation of Reptiles

Once the lease has been signed and the first move boxes are packed, it's time to engage in the transport of the animals. Here, the safety and well-being of reptiles have the highest priority. Of course, it should be that the animals are not transported in the terrarium. Because here the accident risk is far too high. The holder should pay attention to the following points:

  • the correct transport box
  • oxygen supply
  • transport the correct temperature
  • individually
  • avoid stress
  • note hibernation

The right transport boxes are therefore the be-all and end-all The trade holds here various models ready, which should be particularly outbreak-proof. In many cases these are styrofoam boxes or transport terrariums made of plastic. But not every species is transported immediately. Snakes need styrofoam transport boxes, spiders and amphibians come in tinshops, which in turn are placed in styrofoam boxes. It is also important to transport the animals individually - bearded dragons are, for example, individual animals, which are also kept separate. In addition, the exotic pets need sufficient oxygen - pay attention to vents. In addition, the temperature in the transport boxes is particularly important: hot water bottle or heat packs should not be forgotten. Pulp or kitchen roll is suitable as Auslegware in the transport box. In order to avoid the stress for the animals best, they should stay in a safe place after catching and quartering in the transport box. Only when the terrarium at the new place is completely furnished, they should move here again. Many reptiles also hibernate. Therefore, the move should not be scheduled in the middle of this time. Under certain circumstances, hibernation can be finished earlier if the move can not wait.

There are also providers that provide a home for the stressful time for iguanas, turtles and snakes. So the owner can do the move in peace and build and dismantle terrariums, without worrying. These temporary retreats can usually be found on the Internet at reptile stations, in forums there are tips, addresses and other answers.

Transport from the established terrarium

But not only the animals, but also the terrariums are in the new home unscathed. Therefore, some preparations should be made: All moving parts must be removed. Water, plants and roots could otherwise damage the home during transport. Also, doors and sliding doors should be taken out better, as they also fall out quickly and break. In the case of glass terrariums, edges and corners should be specially protected - padding can work wonders for transport. In the car, the pelvis should be placed on a non-slip surface. Styrofoam plates are ideal here. Also, space and gaps can be filled with this material. Wool blankets are also suitable for protecting the pelvis in the car. In addition, it should be secured with straps.

A professional moving company is often very well prepared to transport sensitive furnishings. Therefore, this idea should not be set aside for cost reasons. Anyone who commissions a company also has the advantage that the insurance of the company also applies in the event of damage. If friends cause breakages during the move, they can only be held liable with an additional insurance. However, the own liability insurance covers self-inflicted damage and the household insurance is valid for information for two months for the old and new apartment.

Even with the best precautions can always go something wrong. Therefore, it is advisable to take a replacement terrarium, especially at longer distances. For if the home breaks, the animals can still not stay in the transport box forever.

The move: Arrived in the new home

If the terrarium arrived unscathed in the new home, the collection of animals should take place only when again the right conditions prevail: temperature, humidity and CO have to be right until the animals are allowed to move in again. As long as the transport crates should remain in a quiet place to minimize the stress for the animals. Even after re-establishment and collection of reptiles in the space in front of the terrarium should not prevail wild bustle. This makes it more difficult for the animals to get used to it. Therefore, it is advisable to have the room already roughly set up before the animals are introduced.


Moving with reptiles is not always straightforward. First, the new landlord and the community should be contacted regarding regulations and permissions. In the actual move, the transport boxes for the animals are the alpha and omega. But also the transport of the terrarium is delicate and only with sufficient protection mostly undamaged.

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