If you have an upcoming move, vet visit, or trip that your bearded dragon will need to go on with you, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you’re prepared for the most stress-free trip that you can give your bearded dragon. Keep in mind that many beardies are uncomfortable with travel and will likely not enjoy going on an unnecessary trip with you, but each pet is different, so use your best judgment with your own beardie.
Regardless of the reasons for your travel, there are plenty of steps that you can take to make the trip as gentle and easy on your beardie as possible.
What Do You Need to Travel With Your Bearded Dragon?
The 6 Steps to Travel With Your Bearded Dragon Stress-Free
1. Prepare Your Bearded Dragon
Get your bearded dragon used to being handled and taken into novel environments, even if it’s just different spots in your house or yard. This will help reduce stress from the travel itself and the frequent handling. You can even let it spend time in the box or carrier that you’ll be using for the trip so it feels and smells familiar during travel time.
2. Plan Ahead
Make sure you have everything that you need before the day of travel. You don’t want to wait till the last minute and then realize that you don’t have the carrier or heat lamp that you need for a trip. Also, make sure to pack food and water for your beardie for your destination and for stops along the way. Plan out your stops with places that will be safe and bearded dragon friendly.
3. Pack Up
Pack up everything that you need, and double check to ensure that you have everything. Make sure you’ve packed all necessary items and any additional things that you’ll need during the trip or at your destination. Go ahead and put your bearded dragon into the carrier or box. Make sure the carrier contains substrate so if poop happens, it won’t get all over your beardie.
4. Be Safe
Buckle your bearded dragon’s carrier into a seat in the car, or put it on the floor in a place where it is secure and won’t fall over or have things fall onto it. Drive safely and slowly, and do everything you can to avoid sudden stops.
5. Heat the Car
Turn on the heater so your beardie won’t get too cold. This will also give you extra time for your bearded dragon to adjust to its temporary environment.
6. Take Breaks
If you’re traveling a long way, take breaks to check on your bearded dragon. You’ll want to ensure that the temperature in the carrier is appropriate and that your beardie is comfortable and safe.
Traveling with your bearded dragon doesn’t have to be a stressful experience for either of you! Preparation and planning are essential when it comes to travel, and that extends to your bearded dragon. Getting it used to being handled and to the carrier itself will help significantly with stress prevention and reduction. Have a fun trip!
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