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Old 31-12-2012, 01:06 PM
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Default Transport advice please

Apologies in advance if this is a really daft question. I am in the process of researching a bearded dragon as a first reptile, and this forum has been very helpful for habitat and food advice. I really like the look of some of the reddish and multicoloured versions, and have come to realise then when we are ready to buy the beardie that there will almost certainly be a bit of a journey to obtain one if I want a specific colour. I am more then happy to travel to do this as I would rather buy directly from a breeder. Which leads me to the question - how do you transport home a reptile please? I am used to moving small furries or birds, but none of these need to be kept warm in the same way. I assume that the specialist couriers have heated vans etc but I would rather collect myself then use this method. So is there a maximum time that a bearded dragon can be without heat? So that I know the maximum distance I can travel when I start looking in the spring please.

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Old 31-12-2012, 01:22 PM
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Are you planning on driving or using the train / a coach?

if you're driving then unless your heating is knackered then you're fine. You'll have heating on to keep you warm, so it'll be warm enough for a beardie to travel.
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Old 31-12-2012, 03:47 PM
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Thanks for your reply Meko. I would be driving, but I tend to keep the heating low as when it's too warm I feel sleepy. What sort of container is best, and what should be placed in there in terms of substrate and food/moisture sources please? Sorry again for sounding like a complete numpty.

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Old 31-12-2012, 05:15 PM
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hi my son and i picked up a 3month old from southhampton on sat [189 miles one way about 4 hours to get home as weather was appalling ],we brought her home in a 18"x12"x6" cardboard box.had plenty of kitchen towel inside and some veg,also a temp probe so we could check the temps inside the box,we dripped water off a finger for her also,so ok to transport in a car but would advise a passenger to look after the bd
best regards john
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:55 AM
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If you ask for a transport box at an exotics shop they should give you one, such as a polystyrene box, which are good for transporting reptiles. They have these at my local shop for when customers come to pick up animals to take home
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:18 AM
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You're worrying too much. Whatever temperature is OK for you will be fine for a beardie for a short time. If it's further - a cardboard box with a hot water bottle (covered) will be fine.

Beardies can cope with quite cold nights in the wild.

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