Maybe you’ve got a pet snake that you need to ship across the country to your summer home. Maybe you’re a scientist conducting anti-venom experiments on reptiles and snakes. Whatever the case may be, if you’re visiting this page, you’re likely wondering how you can ship snakes with USPS. Unfortunately, we’ve got some bad news for you. Don’t let the infamous Samuel L. Jackson film Snakes on a Plane fool you. Under no circumstance can you ship snakes with the United States Postal Service.
Why Does USPS Prohibit the Shipment of Snakes?
That’s a fair question, and your guess is as good as ours. USPS places snakes in their list of “Nonmailable Live Animals,” and you simply cannot ship them. USPS also prohibits the shipment of turtles and other poisonous reptiles. If you don’t believe us, feel free to check out article 525.3 on USPS’ website.
What If the Snake is Non-Venomous?
The answer is still no. Whether snakes are venomous or non-venomous doesn’t matter—you still can’t ship snakes with USPS.
So…How Do I Ship Snakes?
We aren’t going to lie: your options are a bit limited here. UPS also prohibits the shipment of snakes (venomous and non-venomous). However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. You can ship snakes with FedEx…but you’ll need to pass tests to receive their Live Reptile Certification, and the snakes will need to be non-venomous.
Unfortunately, receiving FedEx’s Live Reptile Certification be a pretty time consuming (and expensive) process. The good news is, FedEx has partnered with several pre-certified reptile shipping companies that you can hire to ship snakes via FedEx’s network.
Learn more about your options for shipping snakes.