Read About Reptile Car Safety

People often hate the thought of leaving their pets behind when they have to travel, but bringing them can cause problems too if you don’t remember the rules of reptile car safety. It takes some doing, but you can make a car trip much easier by being prepared.

First, even if you think it isn’t necessary or is more work than it is worth; always put your reptile in a carrier which suits her needs. Always, without fail, keep your pet contained. This is for their safety, your safety and the safety of other drivers on the roadways. At first, she may resist your efforts to contain her, which is a completely natural and normal instinct for her. Just be patient and work on familiarizing her with her carrier a little at a time to get her used to it. Once she is, she will be comfortable in it and will not be so hesitant toward going in. If you choose not to, remember that reptiles (even tame ones) are going to be unpredictable. If your Boa Constrictor is loose in your car and takes a hankering to your leg, what will you do while you are driving with a big snake wrapping herself around you and squeezing you? The results could be awful.

What kind of carrier will you need for your pet during car travel? Since larger reptiles don’t always have carriers designed specifically for them, dog and cat carriers made from heavyweight plastic can usually meet the need. You will have to ensure that the carrier is escape proof so make sure to check the door as well as any fasteners every time you travel. Amphibians will need special terrariums made for travel. They are usually made of a lightweight quality plastic which allow light and air in. You will need one big enough to accommodate your animal, but small enough to fit in your vehicle. There is a wide variety of them on the market.

Extra precautions can be helpful as well. Many reptile experts recommend placing your snake or lizard in a linen bag with a sturdy tie inside a carrier. Why? Well, a snake will be less likely to escape and will be less stressed when it is safely tucked inside a bag which prohibits him from excess stimulation. Again, you might find it cruel, but it isn’t. You will be taking the needs of your pet into consideration and will be a better pet owner for it.

Temperature can be a real problem for most reptiles. The temperature at which a human is comfortable may not be all that great for a reptile. Reptiles need a warmer ambient temperature than humans do, so take that under advisement and do what needs to be done to protect your animal.

Car travel doesn’t always have to be problematic if you keep the basics of reptile car safety in the forefront.