Choose the Right Container
When traveling by car, make sure you use an escape-proof non-breakable, well-ventilated pet carrier or wooden box that is about the size of your snake’s regular aquarium.
Provide a Hide Box
Travel is very stressful for pets and snakes are no exception. Providing them with a “hide box” can help them cope with the stress.
Lining the Container
Line the container with newspaper, which is cheap and easy to clean and replace during the trip.
The Right Container for Large Constrictors
Large constrictors (80 to 90 pounds) must have enough air, but should be contained during your trip. Put them in a large wooden container in your back seat – something that’s ventilated and easily cleaned with a sponge.
Most Planes Don’t Allow Snakes
When traveling by plane, you must plan ahead. Most airlines don’t allow snakes, so check first. Those that do accept snakes will have specific requirements for your snake’s carrie.
Health Certificate Required When Crossing State Line
If your move involves crossing state lines, your pet must have a health certificate issued within 10 days of your trip. Authorities could ask to see the certificate if you’re stopped.
Boat, Bus or Train Travel
Greyhound Bus and Amtrak only allow service animals. Call individual boating lines to find out their requirements.
Never Move a Sick Snake
It is never a good idea to travel with a sick pet. Instead, ask a friend to keep him or her until your pet feels better, or ask your veterinarian where you can safely board your pet.
If Your Snake Gets Sick During Travel
Before you begin your trip, you should always identify animal hospitals on your route in case of an emergency. Click here to find AAHA hospital. Check the availability of your veterinarian for consultation. Bring a copy of your pet’s medical records or find out if you can access online records.
Mailing Your Snake
Never mail a snake.
Settling into New Home
When you arrive at your new home, move your pet to his/her permanent aquarium. Keep your snake in the aquarium for a day or two – without removing him/her – so he/she can imprint on the smell of your new home. Before allowing your snake to explore, make sure your new home is safe – without vents or holes where your pet can escape.