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Posted by Lauren at 2/5/2020 11:50:27 AM

If you have been paying attention to the news at all in recent years, it certainly seems like natural disasters of the type that force you from your home are on the rise. I'm wondering if any of you have coherent plans for how to get your reptiles and other pets out in advance of an ordered evacuation? We haven't had situations like that in Maryland, yet, but it sure seems like it's increasingly likely as the years go by. I feel like we would be well prepared for our dogs and cats, but I never thought about getting my snakes out. I am thinking about ordering 20 snake bags so I could bag them and bin them. I feel like this would only do for a temporary evacuation. What would I do with them if I had to be gone for a week or more? I'll have to consider the lizards too, but so many of my lizards aren't at all tame (day geckos) and I don't even know how I would catch them without hurting them. I'd love to hear what others think about this.

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George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 2/5/2020 12:46:09 PM  

Posted At: 2/6/2020 12:14:58 AM  

I've lived in areas with realy rare occurrances of tornadoes. We have tons of snake bags at the ready for fire, temporary transport, or high risk storms. I've only used them one for a high risk storm that did produce a tornado maybe a mile away. Thankfully it was I think just an f2,but Ican't remember well as it was many years ago. We knew bad storms were coming our way from the news so we quickly grabbed everyone including the reptiles and the parakeets I had at the time thenbrought them to the basement. I fear for people who have hundreds of reptiles though. I'm sure they wouldn't have the time to get everybody out. It does make me glad I have fewer so that I can get to everyone in times of trouble.

Posted At: 2/6/2020 12:15:51 AM  

As a side note I'm only keeping animals that are tame and can be quickly scooped up into bags or delis, but I'm really curioushow someone like you and others here would do it.

Lauren ,
Posted At: 2/6/2020 8:38:09 AM  

My day geckos would definitely be trouble. I might be able to grab my grandis. She is relatively tame. But no way I'm getting the others and their cages are prohibitively large if we had to leave quickly. You have to worry with them, too, about tearing their skin when grabbing them. They are super thin-skinned. 

Geckos to the Max,
Posted At: 3/3/2020 6:17:33 PM  

This is a great topic, one that I haven't put much thought into but I know what my homework for the week will be. Thanks for bringing this up!

Psycho Dragon,
Posted At: 4/12/2020 9:48:24 AM  

We have bins for all of our reptiles, except the newest additions. The bins are for evacuation, moving, hell, we even use some for cage changes as its less stressful than holding the animal. We bought a Costco pack of handwarmers years ago and luckily havent needed them. Other than that, the main thing to have set up is a reptile first aid kit, which isnt actually all that different than a human one, with the main exception being no triple antibiotic salve (and the addition of silver sulfadine).

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