Relocating reptiles and a Russian Blue to Malta

Relocating reptiles and a Russian Blue to Malta

Gerry is moving house from south-east London to Malta, to be near her parents, and Animalcouriers is transporting her entire family of reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates for her. The journey from the UK will take around four days and will include two ferry journeys. To keep these fascinating creatures warm, irrigated and ventilated throughout, we had the electrics in our newest van upgraded.

Gerry will give her pets all the attention they need during the journey, with courier M on hand to help whenever needed.

Also travelling with us to Malta is gorgeous Russian Blue cat Ophelia from Bristol, who’s on her way to rejoin her owner, Alice. Ophelia is very calm and settled, enjoys having a fuss made of her, and seems quite fascinated by the tortoises and turtles.

And there are quite a few of them to be fascinated by! On board are 65 tortoises and turtles of various types, 12 axolotls, 13 fish and quite a number of invertebrates, including some Giant African land snails.

Our arrival at Eurotunnel presented the first of what we suspect may be many challenges on the journey. A member of staff looked into the van and simply didn’t know what to say or do — despite our having made pre-booking arrangements and let them know we were on our way. After several phone calls, a bit of a wait while Eurotunnel staff got their pens around the (admittedly complicated) names of all the species, a special piece of paper was produced and voilà, we were on our way.

Smokey beauty Ophelia

Smokey beauty Ophelia

A pair of slinky pink axolotls (also known as Mexican salamanders)

A pair of slinky pink axolotls (also known as Mexican salamanders)

A couple of sturdier looking black ones

A couple of sturdier looking black ones

Leo, a Mississippi Map turtle

Leo, a Mississippi Map turtle

Garnet, a female Red-eared Slider turtle

Garnet, a female Red-eared Slider turtle

All the Slider turtles having a warm bath this morning so that they could eat and drink

All the Slider turtles having a warm bath this morning so that they could eat and drink

A Cumberland Slider comes in for a close-up

A Cumberland Slider comes in for a close-up

One-year-old Indian Star tortoises

Hermione (back) is a Mediterranean Spur-thighed tortoise; Ivan (front) is a Russian Horsfield tortoise

Hermione (back) is a Mediterranean Spur-thighed tortoise; Ivan (front) is a Russian Horsfield tortoise

Easy to see why Australian Snake Neck turtles are so called — this is Sanka

Easy to see why Australian Snake Neck turtles are so called — this is Sanka

What a face Sanka has!

What a face Sanka has!

Scarlet is a Florida Yellow-bellied Scooter

Scarlet is a Florida Yellow-bellied Scooter

By | 2016-10-17T10:50:37+00:00 Wednesday, November 5, 2014|animal transportation, exotic pets, pet travel by road|46 Comments

46 Comments

  1. Timothy Price November 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Beautiful kitty, and a very interesting array of turtles.

    • Animalcouriers November 6, 2014 at 9:41 am - Reply

      Ophelia is gorgeous. We’re learning rather a lot from our passengers this trip 😉

  2. purrfectkitties November 5, 2014 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    The Russian blue kitty is GORGEOUS! And the reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates are fascinating… 🙂 xx Roxy & Tigerlino <3

    • Animalcouriers November 6, 2014 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Ophelia is having a lot of fun watching the comings and goings on board!

  3. Curt Mekemson November 5, 2014 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    You guys just never know what you are going to end up with. And you take it all with such aplomb. I am endlessly amazed, and amused. 🙂 –Curt

    • Animalcouriers November 6, 2014 at 9:44 am - Reply

      This is most certainly not a run of the mill journey! All these wonderful beings and off to a new destination too 😉

  4. thecontentedcrafter November 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Now that is a truckload of intrigue! I would be most pleased to have the owner along for the ride – way too much responsibility for one courier to handle! I can imagine the confusion at border stops – hope there aren’t too many of those to get through!

    • Animalcouriers November 6, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

      Courier M is great with animals but knowing exactly what’s needed for this special cargo needs to come from Gerry! Thanks, we are hoping that things will go smoothly…

  5. baileyboatcat November 5, 2014 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Aww this makes me really miss my turtles! They’re all pawesome!

    • Animalcouriers November 6, 2014 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Bet you do. Courier M is meeting so many varieties this time!

  6. onespoiledcat November 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    WOW…..some VERY interesting passengers this trip!

    Pam and Sam

  7. Jovina Coughlin November 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    A real pet lover here.

  8. heretherebespiders November 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Gerry – your animals are amazing! I love Sanka’s face, adorable! So glad you found the best courier so I could see them 🙂

    • Animalcouriers November 6, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Aren’t they! It’s an incredible face and the neck is unbelievable.

  9. Gunta November 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    This bunch is utterly amazing! You never do know what you’ll come up with next!

    • Animalcouriers November 6, 2014 at 9:52 am - Reply

      It is amazing and we’ve only shown the tip of the iceberg 😉

  10. tootlepedal November 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed this unusual cargo.

  11. sunsetdragon November 5, 2014 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Now that is a bunch of turtles.

  12. Alice November 5, 2014 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Awwww I’m glad to see my baby Ophelia is in good hands! Safe journey to all on board and see you upon arrival! Alice x

    • Animalcouriers November 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Alice – she’s doing just fine! Shame we’ve been held up by the weather though 🙁

      • Alice November 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm - Reply

        I know the weather is pretty terrifying here! Safe journey to all and can’t wait for kitty cuddles!

  13. Lavinia Ross November 6, 2014 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Gorgeous kitty and reptiles! That is an interesting turtle, that Australian snake-neck turtle.

  14. petspeopleandlife November 6, 2014 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Of all things reptilian. She even has species from the states, These are all some good looking specimens that have been cared for so well. Interesting to say the least. And for sure, that had to have been a challenging trip.

    • Animalcouriers November 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Oh yes, it’s challenging all right. The weather has sadly stranded them all in Sicily. An incredible array of different species and types.

  15. Marty the Manx November 6, 2014 at 2:08 am - Reply

    What a fun change of crew!

    • Animalcouriers November 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Luckily they don’t all need taking for a walk 😉

      • Marty the Manx November 8, 2014 at 3:34 pm - Reply

        Hahahaha!

  16. Sand Spring Chesapeakes November 6, 2014 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Those are some really cool reptiles, safe travels.

  17. forthemo November 6, 2014 at 3:21 am - Reply

    (EN) Noah and you must be close friends 😉 Good work always yours 🙂
    (IT) Tu e Noè dovete essere amici stretti 😉 Ottimo lavoro sempre il vostro 🙂

    • Animalcouriers November 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      He he – Noah’s mate isn’t providing good weather for us in Sicily though 😉

  18. Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady November 6, 2014 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Gorgeous gorgeous pets!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  19. hutchagoodlife November 6, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

    Whee love the axolotls! They are so different!

    xxxx

  20. becomingcliche November 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    LOVE posts like this!

    African land snails are invasive and illegal in the US. They consume just about anything. But they are SO COOL!

    • Animalcouriers November 7, 2014 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      So glad you got to see them! We’re sure they’re not too popular released into the wild anywhere but in Africa.

  21. crazytraintotinkytown November 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    It’s amazing the creatures you get to meet

  22. Linda Anselmi November 11, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Wow. Is there any thing you guys don’t carry?

    • Linda Anselmi November 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      The whole group is fascinating! Awesome close up of Sanka!

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