Freshwater shrimps and inverts are the latest craze among aquarium hobbyists. These exotic pets are fast becoming popular additions to aquariums setups. They come in a variety of sizes and fascinating colors that will surely add interest in any fish tank. Aside from their lovely appearance, these creatures are also known to be efficient scavengers and can thereby help an aquarium clean and the water quality high.
Just like when transporting other live aquatic animals, proper precautions in packaging must be observed when shipping aquarium shrimps. They should be packaged in an environment that will minimize the stresses involved in transporting live animals. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship aquarium shrimps that will help assure that these fascinating creatures survive the rough shipping process. Read more →
Bee keeping has become a profitable hobby for some. Apart from the honey these industrious insects produce, bee sting therapy, also referred to as apitheraphy or the use of bee venom as an alternative treatment to autoimmune diseases and multiple sclerosis, is also gaining popularity, thereby increasing the demand for live bees. If you are sending honey bees for whatever reasons, here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship bees to ensure that they arrive alive and in good condition.
Live bees can be easily shipped through the United States Postal Service as long mailing requirements are met. Only healthy, disease-free bees are allowed to be shipped through the mailing system. Read more →
Siamese Fighting Fishes, also known as Bettas, are popular fresh water aquarium fishes known for their colorful and flowing fins. Almost exclusively bred in captivity, these exotic fishes have become more attractive than their ancestors that are native to Thailand and Cambodia which are rather plain looking. With selective breeding, Bettas have become the beauties that they are known now.
Another trait of the Siamese Fighting Fish is its aggressive behavior especially among males. Male Bettas are known to attack and kill another male to protect their territory, hence, they are usually kept in individual bowls or compartmentalized tanks. During the olden times, these fishes were collected and pitted against each other. Today, they are collected because of their beauty. Read more →
When shipping live animals such as pets or livestock, their safety, health and well-being should be one of the primary considerations. The animal should be comfortable all throughout the transportation process to minimize the stress associated with traveling.
Some destinations do not allow the transportation of certain species into their territories so it is a good idea to research first if your animal is accepted in the destination your are planning to ship to. There are many animal transport companies that can make the task easier. Here are some important considerations and restrictions you must be familiarized with when shipping live animals:
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Mynahs are gaining popularity as pets because of their ability to produce sounds or mimic human speech, when in captivity. They are easy to take care of and a great alternative to the more common pets like dogs and cats. Shipping pet mynahs can be stressful for both the owner and the bird. These creatures are sensitive and often easily startled. Thus, mynahs must be prepared properly before shipping or transporting them to ensure that they arrive in their new destination in good condition. Here are some tips on how to ship a mynah and avoid “ruffling any feathers” during the transport.
A few days before shipping, take your bird to the vet for a routine check-up. Let your vet know that the mynah is being transported so they can perform the necessary procedures and look for signs of any illnesses or problems that might be a problem when traveling.
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As the name implies, exotic pets are not your usual domesticated animals, such as cats, dogs, small birds or fish, that are kept as pets. They are usually rare and require special care and attention. Just like when shipping ordinary pets, there are precautions that must be followed to ensure that your exotic pet arrives alive and in the pinkest of health. Here are some tips to help you when shipping exotic pets.
Make sure that your animal is healthy and can take the stresses associated with traveling. Visit a veterinarian and have the animal checked up before shipping exotic pets. Ask the vet for a health certificate stating that the animal is healthy and free from any disease. This certification is a requirement by most pet carriers.
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Hermit crabs are some of the most popular exotic pets around. They come in different varieties, sizes and colors that make enthusiasts want to acquire all the different types for their collection. Trading hermit crabs has become a common practice among aficionados who want to expand their collections. These creatures can be safely shipped as long as proper packaging is observed to ensure they arrive alive and healthy. Here are some important tips when shipping hermit crabs.
Puncture holes on the sides and lid of a disposable food container. The size of the container will depend on the size and number of the hermit crabs you are shipping. Don’t overcrowd the container with crabs and also allow for space for packing materials.
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The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa), also known as the Hissing Cockroach or simply Hisser, is one of the largest species of cockroach. They have become popular exotic pets because of the unique hissing sounds they produce. They reproduce quite easily and are also used as feeder items for other exotic pets like chameleon lizards and iguanas.
They are relatively easy to ship but there are some US states like Florida which require permits before this species can be kept as a pet or in breeding colonies so it is a good idea to check your destination first before sending the roaches out. Here are some tips on how to ship a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.
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