Fedex Or USPS???


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I know of many breeders that use Fedex to ship geckos. I ship feeder roaches and always use USPS. Will fedex even accept live animal packages without some sort of permit?


FedEx will not accept live animals from an individual so most folks go through a third party to ship. The two big ones are or I've used reptiles express several times and their customer service has been nothing but outstanding.

I'm not sure about reptiles and USPS. I haven't seen anyone shipping reptiles using them but not sure if they can't or don't. I'm assuming there's a reason you can't or some folks would? Maybe some one who knows will chime in :)


I've had and seen too many casualties when shipping fish with USPS. Very recently, I had a fish come in a day late and crushed to death, after talking to the shipper (an Internet friend) and having the fish lined up for months. It was her first shipment ever, and I felt terrible that she started her shipping off like that. A few weeks before, an other Internet friend had their package of snails crushed. Thankfully their snails all made it when my goldfish wasn't so lucky. I know UPS is very strict, but I've not ever seen or heard of any issues with them.
US Postal is going to give you the poorest and most unpredictable service. I don't recommend shipping live reptiles through USPS.

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