Read About Traveling With Your Reptile

It's always better to leave your reptile home when you travel. Since that isn't always possible, here's what you need to know about Traveling With Your Reptile.

The Reluctant Traveler

Firstly, no matter how careful you are your reptile pet is going to be stressed. Reptiles, especially older ones, are creatures of habit and will reactions to changes in their routine include low appetite, lethargy and irritability and aggression in previously tame animals. Be prepared for this eventuality so you can help your reptile through the stress. If at all possible, leave your pet home.

If you're driving, keep your pet in a carrier designed for dogs and cats. Duct-tape some dark cloth over the holes, though, if there is any chance of your pet escaping through them. Secure a few layers of cloth on the bottom of the carrier to keep him from sliding around. Do not allow your pet free run of the car while you're driving. This is dangerous for you, your pet and other drivers on the road. If a passenger wants to travel with the animal on his lap, place your reptile in a pillowcase secured closed with a rubber band.

If you're flying, or you'd rather ship your pet to your vacation destination, you'll need to prepare it for a plane ride. Be sure to plan ahead and get all the airline's requirements and to make sure your plane has a pressurized cargo area. If not, you'll have to make other arrangements. Be sure to clearly mark your animal's carrier with the words "live animal" and "keep at room temperature." Once you and your pet are reunited, spend some time quiet time together.