Excerpts from netnews.rec.pets.herp: 22-Oct-94 Re: Traveling with Ig by
> Meadows) writes:
> >I'm going to be taking Scratchy on Thanksgiving break with me and was
> >wondering how well small igs ususlly travel and wanting any suggestions
> >for the trip that anyone has as far as keeping him warm etc.
> For small igs, i use a wooden frame to support their existing terrarium, an
> auto spotlight attached to the frame to provide white light and some heat,
> and plugged into the auto lighter plug ( using a y-connector to permit other
> items as well). Also, whenever possible, I set the terrarium in a position
> whereby it can get access to a supply of direct unfiltered sun at rest stops,
> etc. ( By unfiltered remember that it can't get through glass ).
> My igs have all liked to travel this way when small. As they get bigger a LOT
> of adjustments need made to the theory, but I use a portable cage equipped
> similarly. Even monster Jake likes to travel this way, though his increased
> visibility of things around him sometimes makes him a bit nervous for short
> periods of time.
Although Don O's efforts should be commended, I just thought I'd tell
you that I simply put my igs in the car however I can fit them. The
last time I drove with them for 8 hours from Chicago to Pittsburgh, I
put them in cardboard boxes with some towels. (For comfort and to
absorb any accidents until I got them to a rest stop.) However, three
of the four managed to get out of their boxes and wandered around the
car with me for much of the trip. (The "smart" one, Boba Fett, didn't
find her way out of her box for some reason, despite the fact that it
was the biggest one with the floppiest top flaps that could have easily
been pushed open. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that
she's a female? Hm.... Perhaps I'll conduct some sort of study on the
subject. Except I'd rather not subject my igs to cardboard boxes for
any longer than absolutely necessary!) I have an Explorer, and two of
them stayed in the "cargo" section and looked out the windows. Savros
visited me a couple times up front. For a while he sat on the
dashboard, where it was nice and warm. But, I digress. I don't like to
have the iguanas roaming free with me in the car, unless they're
strictly restricted to the "cargo area". But until I get a screen built
that shields me from them, I simply put them in boxes or cat carriers.
I prefer to use cat carriers, as they're not so dark, but I didn't have
any with me at the time. I used to carry them around in aquariums, but
they're now much too large and the aquariums are much too heavy. :) I
must say that you really don't need to worry about keeping them warm.
If you have a long trip, don't feed them in the morning and you won't
have to worry about them needing heat to digest their food. Even a day
without heat won't hurt them in the least. I prefer my travelling
iguanas cold, as they're less rambunctious that way!
Just my $.02!!!!