Moving your pets

How to move your exotic pet to New York without breaking the law

So, you’ve decided to move to New York. However, somewhere along this stressful journey of picking the perfect relocation specialists and renting the right flat, you’ve also realized that you’ll be moving with a pet. Though, your pet doesn’t really fall in the standard issue dog, cat or hamster lineup, does it? Well, that’s alright. We all love our oddballs. Yes, even if they fall among the exotic pet kind. So, if you’ve been scratching your head about how to move your exotic pet to New York without breaking the law, we’ve got some ideas…

The most popular species of exotic pets and tips for their relocation to NYC

Check the list of legal exotic pets in New York before deciding to move.
Planning a move with a pet is going to be rough, exotic or not…

We need to apologize in advance, as there are simply one too many exotic pet species to cover for a single article. If your oddball best friend isn’t mentioned in the list below, feel free to check out the list of prohibited animals in New York City before relocating. And, if you’re planning on befriending an exotic breed after you move into your new home, there are plenty of shops which sell unusual breeds in the city. Let’s talk about the list of most popular exotic species in NYC. Also, some tips on moving them to a new home…

At the top of the list of legal pets in NYC are boa constrictors

If you want to take your exotic snake to New York with you, it needs to be smaller than a boa constrictor.
Boa constrictors are the only breeds of this type of a snake allowed as pets in NYC.

While these snakes are legal to own in the city, they practically stepping on the line of legality. If you aren’t aware, most constrictor snakes are banned in the Big Apple. You plan to move your exotic pet to New York without breaking the law? Then, it shouldn’t be any form of a python, for example. Boa constrictors are the biggest species allowed in the city. They safe as pets for you to own. You’ve got a snake smaller than these? They’re safe to bring to New York with you. Here are some tips for a trip with a snake on board:

  • Do not lose your pet snake – they will get upset by the ruckus of the move and seek a warm and dark place to hide. This is a thing to especially watch out for if you’re using a packing service for your relocation to NYC.
  • Make a carrier for the reptile – a large Tupperware is the best, so it won’t be squished.
  • Where I go, my snake goes – don’t leave your pet in the back of the car/cab.
  • No stress – make sure that your snake isn’t too stressed by the move to New York. It could lash out, which can be dangerous. Keep it in a separate room, or close to yourself, during the loading and unloading.
  • Don’t overfeed – no food about five days before the move. Also, let your snake settle into the new flat. It will be a repeat of the routine from when you bought it. Give your reptile pet some water before the trip. And again, upon arrival to New York.

If you want to move your exotic pet to New York legally, Fennec Fox is the way to go

If you want to move your exotic pet to New York legally, a Fennec fox is the perfect example.
If you’re relocating with a Fennec fox, be careful of the possible mischief!

One rare breed of a wild animal which is allowed as a pet in the Big Apple is the Fennec fox. If you own one, you already know that there is no way for this oddball creature to harm anyone. They are as playful as dogs. But, they behave a tad more independently, like cats. If you’re going to move your exotic pet to New York, don’t worry. You won’t be breaking any laws with a Fennec. But, before you set your date for moving into your new NYC flat, here are some tips on traveling with a fox:

  • The vet comes first – pay a visit to the local one before moving to New York. Make sure that your fox is healthy. Also, get advice from your vet on making a move with your Fennec in different seasons.
  • Get the carrier ready – despite the protests. Your fox won’t be too happy about being in a kennel. But, you should keep it away from the movers during (un)loading.
  • Don’t let it out of your sight – you know how they love to get into things. Losing a Fennec fox in the moving boxes just before relocation day is a recipe for a disaster. If you’re packing yourself, be sure to keep the space where the open containers are on lockdown. You will have a limited time to get ready for your relocation to NY, and your pet could slow you down.

If you’re relocating your bearded dragon to New York, you aren’t breaking the law

If your exotic pet is a bearded dragon, don't forget to bring a thermometer for the move.
A thermometer is necessary when moving a beardie to NYC.

If you want to move your exotic pet to New York without breaking the law, you’re in luck. One of the few species of lizards which is legal in almost every state in the USA is precisely this one. Sure, you may need to obtain a license in order to move your exotic pet to New York legally. To be certain, we would suggest that you check with the vet. Or, with the state, if you call the state line. However, the task of moving a beardie isn’t too difficult itself. Here are some tips on how to prepare it for relocation:

  • Your lizard will get stressed – if it’s a long journey, especially. Prepare for a change in its eating habits. Also, a switch of attitude. After a while, this should go back to normal. If it doesn’t be sure to visit your new vet in New York as soon as possible.
  • Prepare a container – not too big and comfortably padded. Your bearded dragon should be able to lie down. Also, you shouldn’t jostle it too much during the relocation. A pillowcase is usually a great solution if you’re not sure what to put on the bottom of the container. When you settle into your new place in the Big Apple, be sure to set up its tank as soon as possible. Odd behavior shouldn’t last more than a week.
  • Take care of the temperature – bring an accurate thermometer. A bearded dragon is extremely sensitive to temperature and sound. Be sure to have ice on hand in case it gets too hot in the car if you’re making a summer move to New York. Also, you should listen to music by headphones, to lessen further stress.

How to move an aquarium – U. Santini moving guide

When people move, pets move as well. Cats and dogs and rabbits are fairly easy to move, but underwater creatures require a whole different set of strategies. Fish tanks are one of the more challenging items to move, not just because they’re heavy and fragile but also because fish don’t handle travel very well. Even under the best of circumstances, you may lose a few of your fish. So how do you proceed with moving your aquarium? You’ve come to the right place.

Home aquarium. How to move guide
Home aquarium

 

Moving an Aquarium Requires Two Steps

Never move the fish inside of their tank. When moving aquarium fish, you need to think of two different phases: moving the tank and then moving the fish. Trying to move them both at the same time is dangerous. It’s too heavy for the movers and it’s too dangerous for the fish.

Moving the Tank

The toughest part about moving an aquarium is managing the filtration system. As soon as you stop the flow of oxygen into the water, aerobic bacteria start to die, upsetting the healthy conditions in your aquarium’s water. If you’re moving locally, you might be able to tear down the aquarium, pack it up, move it, unpack it, and set it up within a couple of hours. In this case, you may be able to preserve the bacteria. If it will take you longer than a couple of hours, you’ll need to follow this procedure:

  • Place your fish in a holding container.
  • Drain the tank. If you’re going to be able to set the tank up again within a few hours, save some water to help preserve the bacteria colony.
  • Disassemble the tank. If you have live plants, place them in a bag with their roots in water.
  • Pack your filter. If your move is relatively short, put your filter medium in a hard-sided sealed container. For longer moves, either discard your filter media or clean it thoroughly and pack it after it’s dried.
  • Pack the aquarium’s pumps, heaters, and other accessories like you’d pack any other fragile appliance.

Move all of these parts separately, and then set the tank up as if you were setting it up for the first time. If you were able to salvage enough of the old water to get the water moving through the filter after you set up the aquarium, you can reintroduce your fish to their tank right away.

If, however, you had to discard all of the water before moving the tank, you’ll have to refill it and then wait a week before reintroducing your fish. When you do reintroduce your fish, put the hardier fish in first to establish the nitrate cycle. Once the aquarium is stable, put the rest of the fish back in.

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Packing some aquariums may prove tricky….

 

Moving Your Fish

There are several ways to move your fish, and you’ll probably base your decision on how long your move is. The simplest option is to keep your fish in sealed bags that are half-filled with air. This method works well if you’re just moving locally and they’ll only be in transit for a couple of hours at most. To keep fish safe during this kind of transport, put the bags in a padded, compartmentalized container. You could also put bags in sealed, hard-sided buckets.

If the tank is going to be unavailable for a week or more, consider boarding your fish at a pet store. This can be costly, but pet stores are already set up to handle this kind of job, and most pet stores can pack and air-ship your fish to you once your aquarium is up and running again.

 

Special Considerations

Travel is stressful for fish, so don’t be surprised if they stop eating. Fortunately, fish that have been well-fed previously can live for about a week without eating.

Do your best to maintain an even temperature for your fish during the move. If you’re moving during a hot or cold time of year, consider packing your fish in a sealed cooler during transport. For long car trips, a battery-powered air pump and air stone can keep your fish healthy.

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If you have further questions about moving an aquarium, or if you are looking for moving and storage Brooklyn, feel free to contact us at U.Santini. We’ve been helping New Yorkers move for generations, and we can help you solve your trickiest moving problems. Call us at 718-768-6778. Ask for Dan.

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