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Q: Moving out of state with tortoises and pythons
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Moving out of state and taking 3 tortoises and 2 ball pythons. I was looking to possibly rehome my snakes but looks like I'm going to be beginning them with. Does anyone have suggestions on moving reptiles? Or how to go about rehoming? We will be driving approx 13 hours in one day.

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Topics: General Health , Caging
Tags: Ballpythons, Moving, Rehoming, Tortoise
Species: Pythons > Pythons > Python regius
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Member Comment 8/1/2017 4:00:09 PM


two snakes is easy :D  don't feed them for 2 weeks or so before moving (so their won't be much chance of them pooping in their bags). put each in its own pillowcase with the top tied securely, put them in a plastic tub with a lid that isn't air-tight. they'll be fine for that duration as long as the temperature in your vehicle stays in a reasonable range. 

Member Comment 8/2/2017 6:50:17 AM

I moved 8 hours with 12 animals last fall, including a tortoise and five snakes. The tortoise went in a crate and the snakes went in pillowcases in tubs. The cages were the most annoying to move, as I have a lot of big cages, but it's definitely possible!
Member Comment 8/2/2017 7:27:09 PM


Put the snakes in snake bags, and then put those into a secure container. Make it small-- just enough room for the two snakes in bags. I'd put the tortoises into plastic bins with snap lids. Again... not a ton of space. I would not feed them for a week before the move. 

Member Comment 9/4/2017 3:45:22 PM

Totally possible. I've done it 3 times with snakes, 2 of those with tortoises. The one thing I'll add to the advice above: You mentioned moving out of state. According to your profile one of your tortoises is a CDT? Those are illegal to take out of California. If any, that would be the only one that actually must be rehomed before you move out of state, for legal reasons.
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