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Oct 15, 2019

Shipping Outside the Continental U.S.

Can ShipYourReptiles and ShipYourAquatics ship outside the continental US? Yes, we can...BUT...

This does not mean we ship internationally. We do not ship to Canada, Mexico, or any other country. However, there are some parts of the US that are not connected to the mainland, and may even not be full US states. Think Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Do we ship to these exotic locations?  Read on! 


There are no specific state-wide restrictions on shipping animals to Alaska. The primary challenge with this exotic state is its location.

Because of the remoteness of some areas, Alaska has limited FedEx service. Some locations require one or more additional days for Priority Overnight shipping, and there are some locations with no FedEx Express service for at all. 

Anchorage, Fairbanks, Eagle River, Chugiak, Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer have true overnight shipping, meaning that a shipment to a zip code within one of these cities will arrive in one business day.

For any other city, you should make sure that Priority Overnight service is available before shipping. You can pre-determine the guaranteed delivery date and time by running a Quick Quote from the ShipYourReptiles or ShipYourAquatics websites. Input your zip codes and package information, then check the “Transit Time” column to see if your package would arrive the following day. If the information listed in that column says N/A, then FedEx does not offer Express services to that area at all and you should NOT attempt to ship your animals there using our services. 

If you ship to a location in Alaska that is not serviced Overnight/Next Day by FedEx, this falls outside of ShipYourReptiles Terms of Service and insurance coverage will not be valid.

If you have any questions about whether FedEx services address you are shipping to, please contact us.


With regards to restrictions, Hawaii is the extreme opposite of Alaska. Almost all animals (including reptiles and aquatics) are banned from being shipped into the state. Shipments are rigorously inspected and the penalties for importing banned species are extreme. The shipper AND the recipient may be fined up to $200,000, may spend up to three years in prison, and may be responsible for all costs relating to the capture and destruction of the animal(s) involved. 

Click here for more information on importing animals into Hawaii from the U.S. mainland. 

Click here for specific lists of banned species. 

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico will allow the importation of a very select few species of reptiles: 

Ball pythons

Garter snakes

Redfoot tortoises

Sulcata tortoises

Veiled chameleons

All animals must have a completed USDA health certificate signed by a licensed vet and made out to the recipient in PR.

All shipments of exotic species must be shipped to the airport FedEx facility. 

A $20 surcharge is added to the final cost of all PR shipments. 

Shipments being sent to PR may not be booked online. They must be booked directly through our customer service team. Please allow at least 24 business hours for the request to be processed.  

U.S. Virgin Islands

All exotic animals (basically anything that isn’t a domestic dog or cat) require an import permit and health certificate to be transported into USVI. These permits cost $25 per animal.

According to the USVI Department of Agriculture, snakes are not allowed to enter. 

All applications for import permit must be submitted to the Veterinary Services of the USVI Department of Agriculture. Instructions and applications can be found here. 

Shipments being sent to USVI may not be booked online. They must be booked directly through our customer service team. Please allow at least 24 business hours for the request to be processed.

All Pro Shipping and each of our customers share the responsibility of knowing and following all laws and regulations, as well as understanding the risks involved in shipping exotic animals. 

When shipping to Alaska, the remoteness of the land and the sometimes extreme weather conditions must be taken into consideration.

The tropical island states and territories may be more accessible for shipping, but they are extremely protective of their local, isolated ecosystems. Due diligence must be taken to understand the laws and regulations involved in shipping to these areas.

Carelessness in any of these matters can lead to the unnecessary death of animals, stiff fines, and prison. 

We want to represent our hobbies in the best possible light. Following safe and legal shipping practices is a huge part of that.