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    Question Please Help: Gecko Transport in a Colder Climate


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    Hello Everyone..

    I am purchasing a Leopard Gecko this coming Saturday. I am located in Ontario and the temperature will be around the 3C mark.
    My concern is keeping him warm. Any suggestions?

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    Welcome to GU! I assume you're going personally to pick this gecko up, right? It will most likely be given to you in a deli cup or a box. Get a sweater or cloth and wrap the container gently in it. When you get into the car (assuming that's how you're traveling), make sure the car heater is on. The gecko will be fine even though it isn't getting the high temperature belly heat for a little while. Just don't make lengthy stops on your trip back and leave the gecko in the car. If for some reason you're taking public transportation, just keep the cloth around the container and keep it close to your body (like maybe under your coat) for heat.
    I used to drive from Boston to New York in the middle of the winter to sell at a reptile show. The geckos were in the car with me to Connecticut, spent the night in their deli cups in my friend's bathroom, traveled toNew York the next morning, spent the day at the show and then traveled back to Boston with me. Everyone was fine.

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    Thank you for your reply!

    He will be travelling by car in my lap lol. Its great to know that wrapping his container will be sufficient! He is a "Pre-Loved" gecko and is coming from a family home. He is my first adventure into the world of geckos!

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    If he's "prepackaged" in a deli cup or similar, you can put that inside a cardboard box, with some wadded up newspaper around it, and one or two of those hand-heaters that hunters and snowmobilers use, tucked into the newspaper. The heaters will help keep the box warm, and the newspaper will keep it insulated.
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    Oh my gosh! My hubby has a whole pack of those hand warmers and you just reminded me! Thank you so much! I also have a smallish box around here to put him amd his container in. I will have a search around for a deli cup as I usually recycle them asap.

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    You can use a Gladware type container if you don't have a deli cup handy. Just make sure to poke holes in it from the inside out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CowgirlDreams04 View Post
    Oh my gosh! My hubby has a whole pack of those hand warmers and you just reminded me! Thank you so much! I also have a smallish box around here to put him amd his container in. I will have a search around for a deli cup as I usually recycle them asap.

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    Handwarmers peak really HIGH! IF you use handwarmers, wrap them in newspaper and monitor the temperature! The inside box temperature should stay around 30-33*C.

    Find a cardboard box about 12 x 9 x 7 inches for a leo sized deli cup.

    Maybe you can find a UniHeat heat pack that's designed for shipping reptiles.
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    I was going to give the same caution, hand warmers are the number one cause of DOAs in reptile shipping, I would never recommend them for use in any live animal situation. Hand warmers peak at 180F, a much higher temp than a 40+ hour shipping heat pack does.

    You want your reptile to stay temperate during transport, the goal is NOT to "keep it warm". For car transport, ideally you would package just like you would for a shipment, insulated box, and the animal inside a bag or deli cup. Thermal protection, structural protection, bounce around protection.

    "Keeping it warm" using hand warmers could end up being a well intended but deadly mistake of having a reptile in a bag/deli and then in direct or close contact with a hand warmer or short duration heat pack, and end up with a dead reptile. I would hate to see that happen.

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    Thank you for correcting me on this! I learned something new too!

    I would like to ask about the heat-packs that come with your reptiles. Are those re-usable, or are they one-time use? Also, where does one find them for purchase if you have a one-time shipment, or are traveling a long distance with your reptile in a cold climate?

    I kept the couple of Cryo-Paks and another pack that is just a cloth material covering some kind of crystals, that came with my geckos - but I don't know if I am able to use them again if needed. When you do have to dispose of them, what's the safest way to do that?
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    People who ship geckos in cold weather use 40 hour heat packs which, like all hand warmers, are single use only. Others may disagree, but if you're going to be traveling in a car with the heat on, the only time the gecko will be exposed to the cold is between the place you get it and the car. As long as it is protected from the wind when you're outside and you're not considering a 5-mile hike to your car, I really don't think insulation and heat packs are necessary for a car trip.

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