Iguana Travel Tips?

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Iguana Travel Tips?

Post by chlums.. » Fri, 21 Jul 1995 04:00:00



I know that this subject gets bounced around a lot but I am getting nervous.  I
am about to move cross country (2500 miles).  This will take from 3 to 5 days
and I am worried about Valentine, my green iguana.  Valentine is 4' STL and
HATES to travel.  The last time I had him in a car was a trip to the vet to
remove an abscess.  He went in a box but I am still bearing scars from getting
him into it.  Needless to say it was a traumatic trip for both of us.

My plan is to build an enclosure that will fit in the back seat of my
girlfriend's car.  I figure that he needs a semi-permanent enclosure because we
will be hoteling it for several nights and that will involve moving him from
the car to the room and back.  I am thinking of a solid bottom cage with
screens on the sides.  It would be rectangular and as wide as the car will
allow.  I am sure that once we are moving he will be calm.  If not, will
covering the cage help?  I don't want him to suffocate though.  Also, there is
the problem of warmth.  I don't really know what to do about that.  I read
something about those chemical heat packs.  That may be my best bet.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Also, having Valentine's abscess identified and removed at the vet was the
result of information someone gave me here at RPH.  So a big thank you to
everyone who posts help to those of us who need it.

Happy igging,
Chuck

 
 
 

Iguana Travel Tips?

Post by Detric » Fri, 21 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Don't leave the car in the heat with the ig in it.  You will fry him!  It
only takes a few minutes for a car in the sun to heat above lethal levels.

Detrickm

 
 
 

Iguana Travel Tips?

Post by Susan L. Solom » Sat, 22 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>I know that this subject gets bounced around a lot but I am getting nervous.  I
>am about to move cross country (2500 miles).  This will take from 3 to 5 days
>and I am worried about Valentine, my green iguana.  Valentine is 4' STL and
>HATES to travel.  The last time I had him in a car was a trip to the vet to
>remove an abscess.  He went in a box but I am still bearing scars from getting
>him into it.  Needless to say it was a traumatic trip for both of us.

>My plan is to build an enclosure that will fit in the back seat of my
>girlfriend's car.  I figure that he needs a semi-permanent enclosure because we
>will be hoteling it for several nights and that will involve moving him from
>the car to the room and back.  I am thinking of a solid bottom cage with
>screens on the sides.  It would be rectangular and as wide as the car will
>allow.  I am sure that once we are moving he will be calm.  If not, will
>covering the cage help?  I don't want him to suffocate though.  Also, there is
>the problem of warmth.  I don't really know what to do about that.  I read
>something about those chemical heat packs.  That may be my best bet.

>Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

>Also, having Valentine's abscess identified and removed at the vet was the
>result of information someone gave me here at RPH.  So a big thank you to
>everyone who posts help to those of us who need it.

>Happy igging,
>Chuck


    It's been awhile since I've seen them advertised, but it used to be
possible to buy mini-electric mattress pads for cars.  They plug into
the cigarette lighter.  Obviously you'd need to test it thoroughly first
and monitor the temp frequently, but it might work for a long trip
(for snakes too).  Maybe the outdoor or RV mags have ads for them.
 
 
 

Iguana Travel Tips?

Post by nobod » Sat, 22 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>I know that this subject gets bounced around a lot but I am getting nervous.  I
>am about to move cross country (2500 miles).  This will take from 3 to 5 days
>and I am worried about Valentine, my green iguana.  Valentine is 4' STL and
>HATES to travel.  The last time I had him in a car was a trip to the vet to
>remove an abscess.  He went in a box but I am still bearing scars from getting
>him into it.  Needless to say it was a traumatic trip for both of us.

>My plan is to build an enclosure that will fit in the back seat of my
>girlfriend's car.  I figure that he needs a semi-permanent enclosure because we
>will be hoteling it for several nights and that will involve moving him from
>the car to the room and back.  I am thinking of a solid bottom cage with
>screens on the sides.  It would be rectangular and as wide as the car will
>allow.  I am sure that once we are moving he will be calm.  If not, will
>covering the cage help?  I don't want him to suffocate though.  Also, there is
>the problem of warmth.  I don't really know what to do about that.  I read
>something about those chemical heat packs.  That may be my best bet.

>Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

>Also, having Valentine's abscess identified and removed at the vet was the
>result of information someone gave me here at RPH.  So a big thank you to
>everyone who posts help to those of us who need it.

>Happy igging,
>Chuck


If your Iguana is 4 feet long, then perhaps he would ride best  free in
back seat of the car with one of those screens the pet stores sell to prevent dogs
from jumping on top of the drivers -- depending on the make of car -- these things
usually fit most vehicles.  That way you can have water and food on the floor and
allow your pet to ride on the seat or on the back window ledge.  Unless your car is
climatically controlled, you could fry your pet in a box.

Maureen