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OMG does anybody know how to get a pet snake across the border from the US to Canada?

I have been trying to figure out how to do this, and I think I need some kind of documentation, but I can’t get a solid answer on what or how I’m supposed to do it.  And all the stuff I’m finding is more for like, pet businesses sending animals across the border to be sold. But mine is just one corn snake that I’ve had for 9 years and I don’t have any kind of receipts or whatever for him because I bought him from a random pet store that went out of business like, seven years ago. And I can’t contact the US fish and game folks because the office is closed on weekends, but I really need to know like, now.  And I’ve been trying to google it, but everything I’m finding either is for “show breeders” or pet store folks, or it just isn’t helpful.

Can anybody help me at all with this?

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rainvine Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015   Filmographer
Wow, you're coming here? Holy jumpins!! 

Just call the airport and they'll help you out for sure! 

I have a cornsnake too :D 
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UnfortunateCorvid Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like you got your answer (hopefully, at least!). Toronto's a great city, from the week I spent there with a friend! I'm sure you'll love it to bits, once you and your scaly friend are settled!
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hawkeyemaverick Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I work at a veterinary clinic and I've never had to do a health certificate for a reptile going to Canada. Unless your exotic snake is an endangered or wildlife species (which I'm pretty sure a corn snake is not :laughing: ) and is healthy/not injured, you're good to cross the border without a permit or health certificate because snakes (and most reptiles) don't fall under their animal health regulations. The only law that they fall under is the standard animal transportation law which basically says the pet is subject to inspection at any time and ethics laws on transportation of pregnant/unfit animals. So just be sure when you transport your snakey friend that he/she is well-prepared for the journey.

The link that BrrownieMonsterr pretty much sums it up.
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FirestarKozWolf Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
i moved my lizard across from US to Canada a while back 
I just.. had her in her tank and i think we just drove across the boarder ?
we didnt really have any documentation so 0-0
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
lol, sweet. XD
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FirestarKozWolf Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
But I mean if you can get papers from the vet or something? Not sure if people care enough XD i bring my cats across the boarder all the time and only once (the only time i didnt have papers) did they ask for the papers (while going iNTO canada)
i wish you luck welcome to Canada XD
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BrrownieMonsterr Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/t…
Not sure if this will help... It's a Canadian website so there's possibly better info...

Or, there's more websites here: www.google.ca/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=Es…

But we're pretty cool with bring pets over, though.



And ack, yay Canada!
Where in Canada are you coming to? (I'm in Canada, so I'm just a bit curious...) (plus, I can give you some ideas for nice places to visit if you're touring or something)
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! And I'm coming to Toronto! The company I've been working off site for is moving me up there to work in office.
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BrrownieMonsterr Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck in Toronto, then! You'll absolutely love the place once you learn your way around the labrynth. The place is huge.

And you should visit OCAD if ever you have the chance!
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ArtbyRel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
Honestly, if you don't mention that you have a snake and they don't search your vehicle, there wouldn't be any problem. I know you want to be extra safe and certain, but I bet it won't even come up.
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
not even if I'm in a big giant moving truck?
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ArtbyRel Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
They'll probably just make conversation, like where are you moving to/from, ask for your ID, and let you through, haha. If they really wanted to check anything it would be the back of the truck to make sure there's not like.. people in there.
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ChaosFay Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Contact customs.  I know bringing pets INTO the states requires they be quarantined for a period of time.
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Garsna Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you moving like, this weekend? Because it seems it's best to contact the consulate and ask them. But there may be issues with things like vaccines and records. Here's a handy guide I stumbled across: www.petrelocation.com/resource…
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I'm moving like, on this coming Wednesday, which is sooner than I initially expected, and now I'm scrambling trying to figure out how to get my noodle across. >_< I'm going to try and find a vet around here that can see reptiles now so I can get some kind of documentation for him. And thank you!
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dragowlfly Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You should be fine. Canada is pretty chill about single pets being brought over: www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/t…

No permit needed, no inspection needed, I wouldn't even mention it at the boarder crossing unless the agent specifically asks about pets. Also as a person who crosses the boarder semi regularly, they tend to ask very straight forward questions.

That's if you're driving across... Flying, your biggest issue is going to be finding an airline to carry your scaley pal. I know air canada was great with my pet mice, but I don't know if air canada does cargo flights out of the U.S.
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cooool. And yes, I'm driving across in a moving truck, so hopefully this will go okay.  I'm going to try and get some documentation from a vet at least before I go, but hopefully this will be good enough.
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dragowlfly Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That link is to a government website - (.gc.ca means it's federal) so you really are fine in legal terms. It's still a good idea to have a vet certification on hand, but they have absolutely no grounds to stop you. 
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Elwain Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like Dragowlfly said(and I often cross the border, Canada to States), don't offer anything unless asked, and answer simply. I cross often enough with my English Mastiff and half the time no one bothers asking about him. And he's a big brute, kinda hard to hide lol. Hell you'll probably get more interest with them checking the back of the truck then you and your critter. That said even then most of the time they won't bother with a search. Good luck and hopefully all goes smoothly!
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