DUW!! Lots of Pictures. This is a Two-Post Thread due to length!! As I was packaging up a snake to be shipped out last week, I decided to snap some photos and throw together a little how-to for shipping live reptiles safely. I get a lot of questions from buyers about the process, so I'll go ahead and throw this in the General Section. There are obviously other ways to go about doing this, but this is what I do and it has worked for me over the years. If you are ever shipping a live reptile, it’s always a good idea to check out videos and other articles online as well, this has been written about and recorded on numerous sites. A quick google search can provide loads of info, and youtube has many videos walking through the process. Note: This is only for the applicable for the shipment of live NON-VENOMOUS reptiles. As of now, the only carrier service that I use is FedEx for sending out reptiles. I used to go through UPS, but to my knowledge they have modified their standards and certain genus of reptile (like pythons) are no longer permitted. I could be wrong about that, but this is what the lady on the help-line told me as I was denied the ability to ship at one point last year. Delta Dash is also acceptable as it allows the animal to be send airport to airport. ALWAYS ship a live reptile OVERNIGHT - the less time the animal has to spend in transit the better. It is not acceptable to send an animal in any other way. Also, its imperative to check with the location to where you will be dropping off the package (unless you request a pick-up) to ensure that they will take the box. Some of the standalone stores and smaller locations can set their own rules about accepting live reptiles, and you can be denied. The best bet is to look up the nearest FedEx Express Shipping Center to your location - and call to see when the latest drop-off time is. These centers will accept a live animal, and are often open much later in the evening (sometimes as late as 9:30pm). This allows you to bring the animal to the center as late as possible, which means less time crammed in a box. For example, my hub stops receiving packages for overnight delivery by 9:30pm, so I aim to have the package there around 9pm and prepare the reptile for shipment as close to this time as possible. I ship live animals Monday-Wednesday, and sometimes on Thursday is requested by the buyer (although I highly prefer not to). Never ship on the weekends! If something happens where there animal cannot be delivered, it will be held up for the entire weekend. Remember, the less time in transit, the better. Most overnight services will allow the package to arrive by 10:30am the following day, which means the reptile may only be in the package for 12-16 hours...that’s ideal. I ONLY ship animals when the weather is between about 40-80 degrees on both ends. Depending on the species, size of the box, and the extremity of the weather, I will include cold or hot packs. Generally speaking, if temperatures are between 65-75 degrees on both ends, I'll opt to use neither. If things are a little toastier, I'll include a cold pack, and if they are lower than 65, a heat pack. Be sure to wrap these up sufficiently, follow instructions, and avoid direct contact with the herp. If temperatures are not ideal for shipping, I hold the animal until they are. Just recently I sent out a snake that was purchased in July due to high temperatures, I held the animal until the weather broke for nearly 7 weeks. I generally go through SYR - http://shipyourreptiles.com to book shipments through FedEx and print my label. They are a handy resource for shipping reptiles, and have a nice Q and A section along with all of the supplies you'd ever need to ship an animal. The box I'll be using for this is from their website, although you can always make your own. I’ve been ensured by a representative from the site that by going through them to book a shipment, you do NOT need to become FedEX certified if you ship through SYR. This is great news for many of us, and because we are clients under them, shipping through their site can save big money on the shipping cost. I highly, HIGHLY recommend using SYR and reading through their site. A note on any concer with temperature on the plane during the overnight shipment.... Robyn Markland (of SYR and Pro Exotics) has noted the following: "As for planes and altitudes, all airplane shipping compartments that ShipYourReptiles FedEx Overnight packages travel in are both pressurized and temperature controlled (55-75F)." Alright, so here come the pictures. First off, the supplies you will need: 1) An appropriately sized box - this one is 12" x 9" x 6" (Ideal for juvenile pythons, geckos, etc) 2) Insulation. 3/4" Styrofoam lines the entire interior of the box...bottom, sides, AND top. This will protect the animal from extreme temperature fluctuations and allow for some cushion. 3) Packing material (Not included in photo, sorry). Newspaper works great, so does packing peanuts, etc. This is to act as a buffer to prevent the animal from getting too shook up. I generally crumble newspaper and cram shredded newspaper in all of the nooks and crannies to ensure the animal won't be going on a roller coaster ride. 4) Heat pack or Cold pack if necessary. 5) Deli cup with holes punched in the sides (for geckos, etc) or a snake bag. 6) Packing tape to seal everything up in the end. 7) Marker 8) Your shipping label for the animal to arrive to its destination 9) The reptile (also not pictured...yet). 10) Screwdriver or something similar to puncture holes in the box. 11) An unnecessarily large knife to...cut...things....when you can't find scissors. Before packaging the herp, be sure to include a couple of holes into the side of the box and clear through the styrofoam insulation on the other side. You don't want to go overboard; I only punched out a total of 4 holes in this box about 1/8" in diameter using a screwdriver on opposite sides of the box. Many breeders opt not to use holes at hole due to the cardboard being slightly breathable and jeopardizing the integrity of the insulation, but I always feel obligated to punch out at least a couple of holes. If things are unusually cold or hot, I'll punch fewers holes to maintain as much buffer from the external environment as possible. ALWAYS punch at least a hole or two on each side if using a heat pack - they consume oxygen in order to react for heat production. Competeing for the limited oxygen in the box can, and will kill a reptile.