Hey Tom (or anybody else) I am to recieve a package from Brazil and California and both parties want to ship herps to me using dry ice. I have never gotten any like this before. Will the dry ice freeze them to the point of freezer burnt? I dont know any way thought I would ask before I get specimens not worth using. If not I will e-mail them with other instuctions.
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As long as the DI does not touch the specimen directly, many people wrap the item in news papers several layers. to prevent this.
I appreciate the info. Thanks
...but make sure the airlines know you're using dry ice. I'm sure they have stiff penalties for not claiming hazardous materials. Not to mention somebody could be killed by the stuff if proper ventilation isn't utilized...
As far as i know, dry-ice can not be shoipped air mail or air freight. It also cannot be sent through the federal mail sysytem, because it is a hazardous substance. make sure they arre reputable!
Hey I appreciate it, they are reputable, but did not deal in herps that much. I told them to freeze for a week and ship it overnight air to me. I told them that this was fine, but they said they wanted the DI to make sure that the speciman were good.
Thanks to everyone, you keep me from making big mistake.
Shipping dry ice is a hassle as well as a hazard.
According to the Postal Service though, as recently as a month ago, you can ship up to 5 pounds of dry ice with the USPS as long as they know whats in there.
I agree that overnight frozen is the best bet. Its the only way I ship or receive frozen animals and have had no problems yet. Sure there is risk involved, but not anymore than you have with dry ice.