TRANSPORTING REPTILES AND FROGS.
When transporting reptiles it is most desirable to avoid putting reptiles of disparate sizes together, as the larger specimens may injure or crush the smaller ones. Also overcrowding of reptiles should be avoided, and when possible, reptiles should be transported in individual bags or containers.
Most reptiles are best transported in cloth bags (Snake bags). Bank bags, pillow cases, flour bags and similar, all make excellent snake bags, which are tied with string at the top when containing reptiles. The advantages of bags for carrying reptiles are many and include the following. 1/ Reptiles are unlikely to injure themselves (particularly their snouts), when trying to escape. Such is much more likely when reptiles are being transported in cages or other containers. 2/ The reptiles are shielded from seeing movements outside the bag and are therefore less likely to become alarmed when being transported. (Minimising stress on the reptile). 3/ Bags themselves fold into a small flexible package when not being used to hold reptiles, and are frequently used for other useful purposes. When reptiles are being carted in separate bags within a single container, the bags will act as a weight buffer between specimens in each bag. Where larger heavier specimens are being transported in bags, it is best to separate each individual bag when transporting. This can be done by various means including, by hanging each bag from a hook, or by placing each bag within a separate box.
Reptiles including snakes are excellent at making small holes into bigger ones and escaping, so one should make a regular check of bags in use, and 'double bag' venomous reptiles or, or when there may be doubts about security.
Smaller specimens can be carried in jars and other similar containers, usually with some leaf litter or tissue paper within to act as cover for the reptile and prevent them from being shaken about when transported.
Frogs may be transported in similar ways to reptiles except that it is best to keep them moist at all times. Plastic bags are highly desirable for frogs as they do not need constant moistening. As most frogs have toxic secretions, it is exceptionally important to avoid crowding, and mixing of species, when transporting. If travelling for any substantial period, it may be necessary to wash the frogs and their bags/containers to remove toxic secretion build up.
Eggs of all reptiles and frogs should be transported with minimum movement, and it should be remembered that changing the orientation of an egg (E.g. turning it upside down), or shaking it can kill the embryo.
The greatest enemy of reptiles and frogs being transported is heat and associated dehydration. Therefore it is always important to keep transported specimens as cool as is possible. Here common sense plays a major part. Never leave bags or containers in direct sunlight and avoid placing them on warm ground. It goes without saying that reptiles should never be left in stationary vehicles during the day; if need be, they should be placed underneath the vehicle when stationary.
Moist bags will remain cooler than dry bags in warm weather, and help prevent dehydration of specimens. Plastic bags and containers are more susceptible to overheating than bags.
If there is any doubt as to which specimen/s are in a given bag/container, then labeling should be used.
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The above was from the book Australian Reptiles and Frogs by Raymond Hoser and now available on a fantastic CD-Rom along with a vast amount of other information, papers and the like on reptiles, frogs and other wildlife.