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    I'll be moving into a new apartment this week and have concerns about taking "Nyssa" outside.  It's been around 30 degress here for over a week and looks to continue that way well into the weekend.  I have about a 20 minute drive from my old place to the new one.  Can anyone give me a suggestion on how to properly move her in suck cold weather?  I have a power adapter in my car that will allow me to use a standard plug in the lighter socket.  Maybe a heating pad would work...??

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    I had to do this with mine last winter, when I had to take her to the vet in the middle of the winter. I let my car warm up for about 15-30 mins before I left for the vets. Then I wore a Heavy winter coat and put her around my neck and them put the coat on over that. Luckily I had a warm winter trench coat, since she is 6.5 ft. ;D The whole drive I kept the windows up as much as possible so that she would not get any draft. Only opening the window very slightly when I had a smoke. She stayed very close to my body and almost alway under my coat. As long as the car is warm and yours is next to your body, things should be fine for the car ride there. Make sure your apartment is warm too before you arrive.

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      Thanks for the advice.  The problem I'm facing is that she's only about 7 months and not yet calm enough to put around my neck for twenty or so minutes.  I've only recently been able to take her out of her cage without her throwing a fit s3.gif  I do appreciate the helpful words, though.

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        hey lepoc, you could also try using a ice chest with a hot water bottle in it, never tried it but it seems like you could do alot worse...

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          Well, then. Still warm the car up way before you leave. Put her in a pillow case and tie the opening close. While driving be sure to put some of the heat blowing on the floor. She should be fine as long as the car is warm. The blowing heat may even calm her down during the ride.

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            Ok here it goes, I moved from California to Michigan, 75 degree weather to 15 degree weather, and we drove. I put my 3 month year old BCI in a good size cardbord box, with a towel and a couple hand warmers(they get really hott so you might want to wrap them in a paper towel or something. I put the box on the floor in front of the passenger seat and put the heat on full blast. The box never got below 80 degrees. And I did this for three and a half days and a week and a half later she is doing great. But i wouldnt worry since its only for 20 minutes, Boas are hardy hardy snakes, on ;D the second day My trucks heater froze up and it was about 30 degrees in the truck for about an hour or soo, I was really worried about her cause she was ice cold, but she got threw it. In your case just hold her and keep the heat really high. that should do the trick.

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              HI,
              The hand warmers are a good idea just insulate them a bit so they don't burn the animal. Many times when I order on line my reptiles come with a special reptile heat pack that last for days. I ordered 6 big eye frogs from Mass and the came last week all nice and warm bright eyed and were fine after 48 hours in a thin styrofoam icechest,they came express mail, with two reptile warmers.when i opened the box the warmer was luke warm stil..
                I use a large coleman Ice chest it has wheels and a handle for pulling ,when I take the big snakes out for trips it will keep them warm for hours in a warm car,I use a bungi cord to hold the lid shut I have 8 1/4 in hole in the lid and I usally open the drain plug so the air can exchange,, I wouldn't feed any animal going on a long trip the week before traveling this could cause digestion problems a cold snake ferments instead of digesting.  good luck, I usally throw a large towel in the cooler in case someone leaks something, it absorbs it and will go in the washer easily, and they seem to like hiding in the towel (security blanket)...
              psps remeber when traveling in the summer months a car can reach 140 + in mins in the sun,
                Good luck I really worry in the summer about hurricans and such, I asked my job if I could bring and ice chest to work to save my frozen foods and they said sure.we have huge generators at work  .. hehehe...  
               I even put a small cobra mat in the cooler for heat and them snakes were all happy ,they though it was some kind of giant hide.if its warm and dark snakes like it...   doug  :

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