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.