These guidelines are according to the daytime HIGH temps. These apply to either the ORIGIN or DESTINATION temperatures.
Below 38°F: Don’t ship. Wait for warmer weather.
38-70°F: Use a heat pack.
70-92°F: DO NOT use
92-100°F: Ship to a "
Over 100°F: Don’t ship. Wait for cooler weather.
Amphibians and other species from cooler climates:
Below 38°F: Don’t ship. Wait for warmer weather.
38-60°F: Use a heat pack.
60-80°F: DO NOT use a heat pack. No cold pack required.
80-92°F: Use a cold pack per our directions.
Over 92°F: Don’t ship. Wait for cooler weather.
Selecting the shipping box
You must use a new cardboard box with an interior of insulating foam. The foam insulation must be at least ¾ inch thick. The box should not bear markings that indicate a dangerous or illegal item.
The box must be large enough to contain the deli cup or reptile bag, enough packing material to protect the animal, the heat or cold pack and the foam insulation.
Boxes from the US Postal service, "Priority Mail" or "Express Mail" boxes, as well as many Amazon.com boxes, do not meet the FedEx box standard and are NOT ALLOWED to be used for live reptile shipments. They are too thin and fragile and do not protect the live reptile sufficiently.
Shipping service restrictions
All live animals must be shipped FedEx Priority Overnight, Monday through Thursday only. An overnight Friday shipment won't arrive until Monday- that is not acceptable and not permitted.
No venomous or dangerous reptiles are to be shipped through FedEx or Bocaratonimportexport.com. Absolutely NO mammals.
Reptile size restrictions
Snakes larger than 4 inches in diameter or 8 feet in length cannot be shipped with Bocaratonimportexport.com.
To ship a larger reptile, you must build or buy a strong wooden crate and ship it using a freight service such as Delta Air Cargo.
How to safely pack your reptile
1) Gather your shipping supplies.Everything you will need:
- Insulated box of the appropriate size
- Zip tie
- Deli cup and/or cloth reptile
bag,matched to type and size of animal
- Heat pack
- Cold pack
Self adheringlabel envelope
- Harmless LIVE REPTILE label for the interior of your box
You provide the packing material (crumpled newspaper will work just fine).
You may use your own supplies, but they must meet or exceed Bocaratonimportexport.com shipping standards.
Start your heat pack two hours before shipping.
Using a cold pack
Put the cold pack in your freezer overnight. It should be fully frozen.
Pack your animal, but don’t place the cold pack until you’re ready for pickup or drop-off. This keeps the cold pack frozen longer.
When you’re ready to seal the package, wrap the cold pack in
2) Prepare the shipping box
Insert the insulating foam panels on the bottom and sides of your box if necessary.
Ventilate the box by punching 4 one-quarter inch holes with a Philips screwdriver. Punch them from the outside in, going through the box and the insulating foam. Do this before you put anything else (especially your reptile) in the box.
3) Create a nest with packing material
Crumpled newspaper works well. Line the bottom and sides of the box so the deli cup or reptile bag will rest securely in the nest.
Tape the heat pack to the underside of your lid, red line visible. Do not tape over the red line. Don’t use a heat pack that feels hard or stiff. The red line should be facing down towards the inside of the box.
4) Prepare the deli cup or cloth bag
Inspect the cup or bag to make sure there are no cracks, holes or weak spots.
Using a Sharpie pen, label the cup or bag with species and sex.
5) Inspect the animal
NO VENOMOUS or DANGEROUS REPTILES are to be shipped through FedEx or Bocaratonimportexport.com.
Only ship a healthy animal, with good weight. We prefer not to ship when an animal is in
6) Put the animal into the container
Leave the animal room to move. Use packing material as a cushion, and to absorb any waste.
Bag—Inspect the bag to be sure there are no holes or broken seams. We prefer to use a zip tie to seal the bag for total security. Some shippers tie their bags, others use tape and some use a combination of methods. The main thing is you want the bag to be completely secured.
Cup—Tape completely around the rim. Be sure not cover the air holes. Re-punch air holes if necessary.
7) Put the container in the box
Place the cup or bag into the nesting material. The container should not have room to jostle inside the box.
Put on the top insulating foam panel/lid, with the heat pack or cold pack (if needed) facing down.
Put your receipt, care sheet and other paperwork on top of the insulating foam lid. Place your harmless LIVE REPTILE label—the one that comes with your shipping kit—on top, with the duplicate shipping address in the space provided. This harmless LIVE REPTILE note should be the first thing a person sees when opening the box.
8) Label your package in accordance with the federal Lacey Act
You are required to mark the outside of the package as "wildlife" and have itemized paperwork (i.e. customer receipt) inside the top flap with more species information and quantities available for easy reference.
9) Fasten the label and ship
If you haven’t already done so, enter your package and shipping info into Bocaratonimportexport.com and purchase your shipping label.
You can print your shipping label from the Bocaratonimportexport.com site or from your confirmation email.
If you are using a thermal label printer, the label will be self-adhesive. If you print your label on regular paper, place your label inside the provided label pouch and affix the
Print your FedEx FedEx reference note and tape it next to your FedEx shipping label.
We recommend dropping your package off at the actual FedEx facility. FedEx Office locations are not recommended, as many of those locations do not accept live or perishable shipments for drop off or pickup.
Find a FedEx Facility location here. Use the Filter and select the "Dangerous Goods" filter to weed out everything except the actual FedEx facilities.
What is the Lacey Act and what does it have to do with live reptile shipments?
The Lacey Act is a federal rule that addresses package labeling for interstate transport of live reptiles.
According to the Lacey Act, you are required to mark the outside of the package as "wildlife" and have your sales receipt, as well as the species (scientific names) and quantities of live harmless reptiles contained in the package. Easily available inside the top flaps with detailed species and quantity information.
Labeling the outside of the box:
California, Florida, Ohio and New York are the most vigilant about auditing packages incoming and outgoing. Be sure to label your packages clearly and appropriately, and also beware of any prohibited species in or out of these (and other) states. There is no alternative if your package is confiscated or penalized due to prohibited species or incomplete labeling.
Different states have different rules. To meet both federal and state regulations, mark the outside of the package:
"WILDLIFE - LIVE HARMLESS REPTILE"
Be sure to include your sales receipt, as well as the species (scientific names) and quantities of live harmless reptiles contained in the package. Inside the top of the styrofoam - it should be the first thing you see when you open the box.