14 hour car ride baby dragon

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14 hour car ride baby dragon

Postby Nelly234 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:07 pm

I have a baby dragon, not bigger then my three fingers. I want to travel from NYC to new orleans, maybe alittle longer then 14 hours. I'm not sure if I feel safe leaving him for 10 days with my grandma, and also I will miss him. Do you think I can travel with him? And if so, how? Also, for his set up while there, will he be okay in a 10 gallon tank with a T5 uvb light and a basking area? Any advice/thoughts? Thank you
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Re: 14 hour car ride baby dragon

Postby Nelly234 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:34 pm

I made a mistake, its actually 20 hours
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Re: 14 hour car ride baby dragon

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:53 am

That's tougher with a baby. They need a lot of attention and feeding. Generally they can handle car rides pretty well but that's much easier when they're older. If you can leave him in his familiar environment with someone who can check on him regularly and give him bug feedings every day it will probably be best for him, especially if it's only for 10 days.

If you do decide to bring him with you, I would get a pet carrier that you can strap into a seatbelt. These offer soft bottoms and plenty of ventilation. They do fine at normal car temperatures but you may want to have a hand warmer or two so you can put it under a towel or blanket to keep him warm if you stop for meals. Keeping a tub of black soldier fly larvae is the easiest for travel since they just do their thing in an easy to carry container. I would bring an adjustable lamp stand with a dome fixture and a good mercury vapor bulb (PowerSun 100w, MegaRay 100w) that will provide a good basking site for him while you are at your destination. A large clear plastic bin should do for temporary housing. You could use a foldable child's playpen too but I'd use one that has solid sides at least near the bottom because they are pretty good at climbing up the mesh.
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Re: 14 hour car ride baby dragon

Postby AHBD » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:11 am

How big is 3 fingers ? Is he just a hatchling ? Or the width of 3 fingers ? Post a few pics of him using this info :
https://www.beardeddragon.org/useruploads/ Then use the XIMG to upload

I second Cooper's advice on a medium plastic storage tote rather than a 10 gal. tank.
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Re: 14 hour car ride baby dragon

Postby Nelly234 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:39 pm

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Sorry I did not see that anyone replied after. I should put him in a medium storage bin? Do I set up the same lights?
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