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Stress Free Suggestions for Transporting Your Bearded Dragon (Part II)

Make sure that your bearded dragon is warm enough during your travels. 

Besides making sure you have a warm enough setting for transportation, it is also vital to do all that’s possible to lessen the stress which can come from transporting it. 

Prolonged periods of your bearded dragon staying out of its normal habitat could cause it to get stressed and lead to more severe health consequences.

Keep reading to discover how you can make the transport as smooth and stress-free as possible for your bearded dragon.

How to Properly Transport Your Bearded Dragon

In cases where the distance is too far to simply handle your bearded dragon from the passenger side or you need to transport during the winter, you will have to take more precautions to make sure your beardie remains safe. With that being said, here’s the best way to transport your bearded dragon:

Your Beardie and the Right Supplies

Before you leave, be sure you have all the supplies gathered and ready to take with you.

These are things that are critical to your beardies’ health and you can’t do without. Bonus points if you carry backups (a spare bulb for example) for those “just in case” instances.

Traveling with their vivarium habitat is perfect. Though, this is not always feasible so the next best thing would be to use some sort of temporary travel tank. This can be a basket, a plastic bin, or a cat carrier.

This bearded dragon travel checklist differs from situation to situation.

  • Leash and harness. In general, reptiles are good at getting lost in the car and there are going to be parts in your car that you’re not going to be able to get to quite easily should your reptile get themselves there.
  • Animal carrier or a comfy bed
  • Handwarmers
  • Reptile heat pad
  • Substrate
  • Proper lighting and spare bulbs
  • Thermometer

Stress Free Suggestions for Transporting Your Bearded Dragon (Part I)

These tips should ensure that you’re bearded dragon has a smooth traveling experience.

As a reptile owner, it is unavoidable that at some point you will need to transport your bearded dragon. Visits to the vet are to be done and in some cases, you might even need to travel long distances.

Whatever the case might be, reptiles don’t typically travel well so it’s vital to take the right precautionary measures to be sure all is smooth as possible for the health of your bearded dragon.

Though helpful, this article isn’t needed for those doing a short commute. If you’re going a really short distance and have the choice to be a passenger in the vehicle, then just handling your dragon the whole time can be your best option.

Instead, this is for those who are going longer distances, staying overnight or many days somewhere (vacation for example), or traveling during the cold seasons.

Before getting started, there are many important things to bear in mind while transporting your bearded dragon.

  • How far you’re going
  • The external temp of where you’re going
  • Relocation stress that your beardie can have from being out of its ideal habitat

What to be Concerned with While Transporting Your Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons are ectothermic which means its body temperature depends on external sources like sunlight or heat bulbs to keep warm.

For example, if you’re traveling with your bearded dragon and the temp outside is 60 degrees F, then its body temperature will be 60 degrees F too. This is not good.

However, there are many special precautionary things you can do to be sure your bearded dragon is comfy and well prepared for traveling.

Moreover, having a hot enough external temp is a critical component for a bearded dragon’s digestion system and without this, can consequently cause them to get sick.

In other words, if their setting is not hot enough, then your beardie is in danger of possible digestive issues and impaction.