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Emergency Evacuation Preparedness

Living in Southern California it is not a case of IF a disaster hits - but WHEN it will hit.  Will you be prepared?  If you do not plan and prepare before the emergency - you will be in trouble when it does hit.  It is critical that you are prepared when a disaster hits.  Below you will find some basics in emergency and evacuation preparation. 

Please review these preliminary files and sign up for our Emergency Evacuation training class by completing the form - CLICK HERE.

Reptile/Amphibian Evacuation Containers

Disposable storage containers (vented) assorted sizes

Rubbermaid/Sterilite Storage tubs (vented) assorted sizes

Portable Plastic Critter Keepers assorted sizes

Animal Kennels assorted sizes

Herp Tanks & Cages

Pillow Cases (king size)

Drawstring Bags (cloth assorted sizes)


Emergency Evacuation Supplies

If possible - Evacuate animal in original habitat esp. important for amphibians.  (remove loose items branches, dishes, etc. & transport with animals)

Pillowcases (King size preferred)



Disposable storage containers


Flat Sheets

Duct Tape

Minimal Basic Care Requirements

Snakes  - heat (80-85 degrees); water bowl or soaking (can go without food for up 2 weeks or longer dependent on species.)

Lizards heat (80-85 degrees); water bowl, food dish - require daily food

Frogs heat (75-80 degrees*); water, food (Will only consume live prey) provide food 3-4x per week

Toads heat (70-80 degrees*); water, food (Will only consume live prey) provide food 3-4x per week

Turtles & Tortoises heat (75-80 degrees*); water, food - feed at least 3x per week

Arachnids heat (7580 degrees*); shallow water, food (generally will only consume live prey) feed at least 1x per week

 *Species Specific requirements vary this is a general safe range to allow adequate heat for basic life function.

Evacuation Site - Herp Safety Check List

 1.  Insure proper ventilation on all enclosures but avoid drafts

 2.  Insure all enclosures are secure! Locks and or duct tape 

 3.  Daily hydration - all

 4.  Daily food lizards & turtles,  tortoises

 5.  Avoid Cross contamination wash or sanitize between animal handlings avoid

      alcohol contact on animal skin


Herp/Avian Evacuation Food Kits

Pelleted Diets

Baby Food Meat, Meat & Veggie Combination, Fruit - apples, pears, blueberries, banana (for enticing food consumption not daily diet), Veggies - pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, winter veggies preferred, No corn or mixes with grains

Canned Feeder Insects

Frozen Veggies green beans & peas, mixed veggies (No corn)

Frozen Feeder Rodents (mice and rats) for extended evacuation periods

Rubber coated Gerber baby spoons & feeder syringes





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