How big can a Kenyan sand boa get?

How big does Kenyan sand boas get?


How big can a Kenyan sand boa get?

Characteristics. Kenyan sand boas are heavy-bodied stout snakes with a blunt head, small eyes, and a thick, short body and tail. Females are larger, reaching length between 26 and 32 inches, while males grow to about 15 inches.

What size tank does a Kenyan sand boa need?

Due to their small size and inactive nature, sand boas can be housed in an enclosure that is both small and convenient. Young boas can be housed in a 10-gallon tank, while single adults should be housed in a 15-20 gallon tank.

Does a Kenyan Sand Boa bite hurt?

A bite from a Kenyan sand boa is no more severe than a scratch from a housecat, to put it into perspective, but it can still be painful for you and traumatic for the snake, and for these reasons a bite should be avoided.

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Can you house two sand boas together?

You can house two females or a male and female together, but not two males. If you house more than one Sand Boa together, always feed each one individually.

Do sand boas need a heat lamp?

Kenyan sand boas should have a basking surface temperature of 95?F directly under a heat lamp placed to the extreme right or left of the enclosure. On the other side of the enclosure, the temperature should be between 72-80?F.

Do sand boas climb?

Yes they’re called sand boas and in the wild live in natural sand blends. But in the wild snakes never die from old age and one cause is impaction. So why not do better for our pets? And yes sand boas climb.


What bedding is best for sand boas?

The Kenyan sand boa loves to burrow, so plan for a substrate to be your main feature. They love sand, aspen bedding, coconut mulch, and even newspaper. We recommend to use natural aspen bedding from Galapagos.

How do I know if my sand boa is hungry?

You can tell whether your snake is hungry by watching its movements. For the most part, a Kenyan sand boa will lie still until it is ready to eat. Then it will emerge from its hiding spot to prowl its territory in search of food.

Is there a pet snake that doesn’t eat mice?

Garter snakes are quite common in many areas of the US, which leads many exotic pet owners to shun them as a potential pet. To some, they are not as exciting as other types of snakes. However, for the snake owner who doesn’t want to feed rodents, garter snakes actually make excellent pets.

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How long should I leave my new snake alone?

Leave your new pet snake alone for at least seven days since the transport to its new home is very stressful. After that, feed your snake its first meal. To ensure that your snake doesn’t regurgitate its meal due to stress, wait for another two days before you finally handle your new snake.

How do you know if your snake wants to be held?

If your snake comes to the front of the enclosure or wants to be handled by you but not when other people are around, you can know that your snake recognizes you and prefers to be around you than other people.

How can you tell if a Kenyan sand boa is male or female?

Males have a longer tail from their cloaca (anal vent) to the tip of their tail, and the tip has a rounder look to it. With females the tail is shorter from the cloaca to the tip and the tip is pointed. Also, females grow to be a lot bigger. Adult males are 15-18 inches, adult females are 24-36 inches in length.


Do Kenyan sand boas need light?

Placing the heat bulb over the basking platform is ideal. While Kenyan Sand Boas don’t need UVB to survive, UVA/UVB light has been shown to greatly improve the immune system, health, and wellness of all reptiles, both diurnal and crepuscular. Spot clean the enclosure for urates and feces once a week.

How much humidity does a Sand Boa need?

Humidity. This species is used to some moderately dry conditions. An average humidity of 30% should work, unless your snake is starting to shed, then 60-65% is better. It can be challenging to keep the humidity up in a habitat with a screen top when your Kenyan is shedding.

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Can I turn my snakes heat lamp off at night?

Although snakes benefit from heat at night if the temperature gets too low, the heat lamp is not the best method to keep them warm when nightfall arrives. What is this? To mimic their natural environment as best as possible, turn off the heat lamp at night.

Do sand boas need sand?

Sand boas are most comfortable on a loamy, slightly moist soil mixture. Answer: One of the most widely spread myths in reptile-keeping today is, as you’ve rightly surmised, that sand boas of the genus Eryx should be housed on soft, dry sand.

Is coconut fiber good for Kenyan sand boas?

Coconut fiber can be dried out, but it’s very dusty and cause respiratory issues when inhaled. GoHerping recommends never using sand, calci-sand, pine, cedar or walnut shell products with any reptiles or amphibians. Technically, snakes can get most, if not all of their moisture needed from the food you give them.

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Written by: Sweeny Jane

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