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09-13-2015, 11:14 PM
I'm new to breeding and thus leads to shipping my hatchlings. Who do you guys generally use for shipping and how do you go about packaging and such? I will be shipping crested geckos which are somewhat hardy but I'd prefer to not take a chance and lose a little one. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

09-14-2015, 06:52 PM
Shipping your first live reptile can seem daunting, but it is actually pretty simple and straightforward once you understand the process.

We have a detailed Get Help section at ShipYourReptiles that will walk you through the process, including packaging standards and temperature guidelines.
The first thing you need is the proper packaging, including an insulated box. We sell packaging at our site, so does TSK Supply.

If you are going to ship just once or twice, you can get a shipping kit, which includes everything you need to complete a single shipment. If you are going to be doing a handful of shipments, or many, it is more economical to purchase your supplies in larger quantities. Both options are available.

Packaging ships out Ground, so be sure to order a week or two in advance, so you have it on hand and ready to go.

When you are ready to book your labels, you do that at our site as well. You can book your labels in advance, even days in advance. Once you put the package in the system, all of the tracking and info will update accordingly.

Many breeders prefer to ship only Monday-Wednesday. You are only allowed to ship live reptiles Monday through Thursdays. An overnight shipment sent out on Friday won't arrive until Monday, and that is not allowed.

You can book with On-Time and Live Arrival Insurance if you choose, it is optional, and goes up to $10,000 on the site.

You are correct, geckos do very well with shipping. If you follow the packaging and temperature guidelines, you should expect complete success with your shipment.

We have staff available to help and answer questions Mon-Friday 7am to 6pm MST. Let us know if you have any questions! Info@ShipYourReptiles.com

09-22-2015, 11:04 PM
Thank you for your information, I was actually on your site before I posted this thread. Still it's overwhelming but if I need help I'll email you guys.

10-30-2015, 07:24 PM
Anyone ever use reptiles express to ship their reptiles?

Elizabeth Freer
11-01-2015, 09:11 AM
Anyone ever use reptiles express to ship their reptiles?

Yes I have, Rick. Several times in 2013 and 2014. Debbie Price provided excellent customer service.

Now Debbie's own company is just getting started: Reptiles2You.

Elizabeth Freer
01-29-2018, 06:14 AM
Click: Tips for Shipping Geckos......Elizabeth Freer -- January 2018 (http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/gecko-care-sheets/55211-leopard-gecko-caresheet-eublepharis-macularius-demo-video-4-jan-2013-update-15.html#post480106)

This works for 12 x 9 x 7 inch shipping boxes.

Several years ago I switched to 72 hour UniHeat packs for any shipment any time. A "2-day delay" = 72 hours from shipping time.

Make certain the gecko(s) are well-hydrated before their trip.

Place each gecko in a separate ventilated deli cup. Loosely pack DRY paper towel strips around the gecko inside his deli cup to prevent him from bouncing around.

Caution -- Make certain the paper towel strips surrounding the gecko in the deli cup and in the box are DRY. If they are damp at all they will cause the contents of the UniHeat pack to clump and will shorten the UniHeat pack's life.

The ideal thickness of the styrofoam insulation is 3/4 inch thick, especially in winter.

Use a Phillips screwdriver to poke 1 small hole through the cardboard and a second small hole through the styrofoam. These holes are offset somewhat. Place a single inch-wide strip of tape on the edge of each bottom and top flap (8 strips in all). Solidly tape the center bottom and top. Be careful NOT to tape over the air hole!

With the heat pack’s ventilation holes facing inwards towards the gecko(s), place the heat pack against the far wall of the box or in between the gecko deli cups, NOT directly against the styrofoam hole. Sometimes I wrap the heat pack with paper towels.

At the present time I use styro "peanuts" as packing. Some "peanuts" dissolve when wet. Don't use those.

Box Enclosures:
Care sheet, extra mailing label, emergency details on reaching recipient and sender

Box Labels:

Actual Shipping:
Use a company that specializes in shipping reptiles. That reduces shipping costs and provides extra measures of experience and safety from your home to a gecko's next home.