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How to Travel with Your Bearded Dragon: A Stress-Free Guide
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 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 is different so use your best judgment with your own beardie. Regardless of the reasons for your travel, there are plenty of steps 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?
How to Travel with Your Bearded Dragon Without Stress
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 as well as the frequent handling. You can even let it spend time in the box or carrier you’ll be using for the trip so it feels and smells familiar at travel time.
2. Plan Ahead
Make sure you have everything you need before the day of travel. You don’t want to get to the last minute and realize you don’t have a carrier or heat lamp 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 you need and double check to ensure you have everything. Make sure you’ve packed all necessary items and any additional things 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. Heat the Car
Turn the car on and get it heated so your beardie won’t get too cold. This will also give you some extra time for your bearded dragon to adjust to its temporary environment.
5. Be Safe
Buckle your bearded dragon’s carrier into a seat in the car or put it in 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.
6. Take Breaks
If you’re traveling a long way, take breaks along the way to check on your bearded dragon. You’ll want to ensure the temperature in the carrier is appropriate and 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 key when it comes to travel, and that extends to your bearded dragon as well. 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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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.