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Live small cold-blooded non-poisonous animals

Acceptable services

  • Expedited Parcel™
  • Regular Parcel™

You can only mail live small cold-blooded non-poisonous animal specimens between March 1 and October 31.

Delivery to your destination is required to be achievable in 3 consecutive business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays) from the time of mailing.

Please note: You can only mail these items domestically, and at your own risk.  We don’t offer loss or damage coverage for this type of mail.

Examples of acceptable creatures:

  • Worms
  • Frogs
  • Salamanders
  • Lizards
  • Snails
  • Tadpoles

Examples of unacceptable creatures:

  • Snakes
  • Turtles
  • Baby alligators
  • Caimans
  • Any warm-blooded animals

Live small cold-blooded non-poisonous animal specimens must be:

  • Free from disease
  • Less than 25 cm (10 inches) in size
  • Clearly identified with the notation “LIVE SMALL COLD-BLOODED NON-POISONOUS ANIMAL SPECIMEN”
  • Dropped off at a Canada Post facility
  • You must maintain a record of each shipment as per HAR 154

Live small cold-blooded non-poisonous animal specimens must not:

  • Need food, water, or attention during handling in the mail.
  • Emit obnoxious odours.
  • Be shipped to remote locations in Canada. For a list of remote locations, see our air stage offices list.