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Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Emily Burrow, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Emily Burrow

    Emily Burrow Arachnopeon

    I am going to be traveling a long distance because I’m moving. It will all be in car ,but I was wondering what’s the best way to transport my T?
  2. TownesVanZandt

    TownesVanZandt Arachnoangel Active Member

    Just pack it as you would if you were shipping it and rehouse it when you arrive.
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  3. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh Arachnosupporter

    How large is your T? I usually line a deli cup with moist paper towels, add some holes, and put the spider in. Then I’ll put it in a small box with crunched up paper or I’ll hold it if I’m not the one driving
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  4. Emily Burrow

    Emily Burrow Arachnopeon

    She’s not that big she’s pretty small.

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  5. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    If you have just the one, you can pack her up as if for shipping.

    I transport my collection in their enclosures because I have so many... I move quite often and have never had a problem.
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  6. Paul1126

    Paul1126 Arachnodemon Active Member

    When transporting my Ts from work to home I just keep them in their enclosures.
    I just don't break heavily or turn sharply.
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  7. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Just a side thought... Did she molt recently? She looks very skinny...

    For the move, this video gives a good impression on how to safely transport spiders :)
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  8. Emily Burrow

    Emily Burrow Arachnopeon

    Yes she just molted at the beginning of last week
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  9. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Ugh, I see I forgot to actually link the video in my previous post...
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  10. Mirandarachnid

    Mirandarachnid Arachnobaron Active Member

    When I moved years ago with my one "rose hair" (this was before I really got into the hobby) I packed it into a styrofoam cup with some crumpled up (dry) paper towel for padding. I kept the cup in the center console with a thermometer to make sure it didn't get too cold, as I was traveling in December. My truck ended up dying on top of a mountain in the middle of AZ at 2am (took a couple hours for a tow truck to get to us, then he towed us 100 miles), so it got COLD. I think the styrofoam may have helped keep the spider from getting too cold. I think if I had dampened the paper towel, it would have gotten much colder.

    Just take into account how reliable the vehicle you're riding in will be, and have some hand/foot warmers on hand just in case.
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  11. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnoangel Active Member

    put it in a deli with some thing like moist paper towel and then its ready for transport. don't forget it in the car because it will get cold in the winter time.
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  12. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Carefully. General question gets general answer ;)
  13. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    @cold blood why the sad rating?
  14. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Sad pack job. Is that the standard in Europe?
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  15. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    The container for the T itself wasn't bad... though I don't prefer to use shallow cups. But the box packing was not what I'd like to see, for sure.
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  16. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I think spiders here have less time/distance for travel in the UK, and between mainland EU countries than the US. Styrofoam boxes aren't standard except when the temps are lower than 5°C.
    In the US, you ship spiders no matter what, in Europe shipping stops or is at your own risk when temps are below 5°C or above 30°C.
  17. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Seriously? What's wrong with the packing?
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  18. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    1. How the t was secured.

    2 The method of getting it in. This gave a good laugh.

    3. Lack of a simple insulated box.

    We hear all the time how much extra time European shipments spend in transit than here. You would think they would provide better packing, not minimalist.

    I gaurantee not only would i be dealing with DOAs with that packing, but a host of poor reviews as well. It seems we just have higher standards when it comes to shipping.

    This isnt the first time ive seen European packing that i would consider bare minimum effort.
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  19. Minty

    Minty @londontarantulas Arachnosupporter

    What does US packing look like, out of interest?
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  20. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    smaller ones

    same thing for larger ts, just on a larger scale

    we pretty much always, regardless of conditions, provide an insulated box as the most basic part of shipping living things.
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    And doing it like this, you simply walk the t in via a funnel....no trying to just get lucky like the guy in the vid hoping it just walks in and sits all pretty....which almost never happens in real life. 20170410_141843.jpg
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