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Old 07-31-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
Box size question

Hi, I'm still new to shipping so I have another stupid question. What size box would you use for a 600g ball python and for a 1500g one shipped separately not in the same box.
Old 07-31-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
Double B Reptiles
I would use a 7 x 7 x 6 for the 600g and then a 12 x 9 x 6 for the 1500 gram animal. Both of these are the sizes that SYR sells.
Old 07-31-2012, 04:17 PM   #3
Thank you
Old 07-31-2012, 09:21 PM   #4
robyn@Pro Exotics
I would probably go with a 12x9x6 for the 600 gram animal, the 7x7x6 might be a tight fit. The interior on that box is just large enough to fit a 4.5" deli cup, the tall one.
Old 07-31-2012, 10:01 PM   #5
Double B Reptiles
I think that the 12 x 9 x 6 may be a bit too big for the 600g animal though, Robyn(depending on how much space that animal fits into when it is balled up). If you use too big of a box, you will find that you have to use a ton more packing material to fill up the space, just so the animal isnt bouncing around inside and getting injured by every bump in the road. If you have a little more snug of a fit, I would think the animal would feel more secure, and would be a lot less stressed out, and less likely to injure itself during shipping(especially in the case of burrow and tunnel loving ball pythons). I mean either way, it is up to the shipper to properly package the animal and make the judgement call; then again Robyn has done a TON more shipping than I have, and he more than likely would have the best advice haha.
Old 07-31-2012, 10:33 PM   #6
robyn@Pro Exotics
It is one of those "tweener" choices : )

The best approach would be to have a selection of boxes, then fit the appropriate box to the specific animal. I would just hate to see someone order the smallest box, then find it to be too small to safely work.

As Pro Exotics, we would rarely use the 7x7x6 box, even for hatchlings, the 12x9x6 was our go-to box, and we just packed it accordingly.
Old 08-01-2012, 12:58 PM   #7
I just shipped a 2011 male bp who was just under 600g. I used the 12 x 9 x 6 and he fit perfectly. I think he would have been squished in the smaller box (I have both sizes). I have only used the 7x7x6 for single hatchlings.
Old 08-04-2012, 12:48 PM   #8
Reptile Kings
12x9x6" box would be too tight for a 1500gr animal. I'd go for at least a 15x11x7".
We ship one 650-700gr (max) ball python into a 12x9x6".

My 0.02,
Old 08-05-2012, 06:14 PM   #9
Thanks for all the help, guess I'll be ordering bigger boxes lol.
Old 01-15-2013, 05:38 PM   #10
I do have one question.... is that the inside demension or outside dem?

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