The Kenyan Sand Boa has a dedicated and continued loyal following all over the world. This is likely due to their manageable size, simple captive care, and passive personality. Many also refer to the Kenyan Sand Boa is the East African Boa, although many enthusiasts and hobbyists refer to the this species simply as the Kenyan for the common name.
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Captive-bred Kenyan Sand Boas are typically easy to locate. We at Petware House carry many animals from in and around
our local community and from reputable breeders in addition to breeding a number of species, right here at our store.
Then Kenyan sound boa is a naturally accruing color and pattern, and there are hundreds of color morphs to choose from.
There are a number of morphs that exist for Kenyan sand boas which include Albino, Snow, Paradox, Anerythrisit, Tiger and a number of others.
Among the smallest of the boa species is the Kenyan Sand Boa. The male of the specie is typically smaller than it’s
female counterpart and will measure approximately twenty four inches when mature. Females tend to be heavier bodied
which helps support gestation and live birthing and reach a size of up to 36 inches. As you can see these are relatively
small in size. With proper care and attention these snakes can live well over twenty years.
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As a result of their small size and inactive nature, Kenyan Sand Boa’s may be conveniently housed in fairly
small enclosures. Baby Boa’s can be maintained in a standard ten gallon terrarium for the first thirteen months or so.
After that, single animals should be housed in fifteen to twenty gallon terrarium, or equivalent enclosure. If you will
be keeping more than one Boa, be sure and provide them with proportionally more space.
These snakes do not climb, in fact, they rarely venture above the surface of the substrate. This nature allows for the use of
low-profile tanks that offer considerably more floor space but a minimum of height. When choosing an appropriate enclosure, don’t
forget a secure screen lid to prevent your boa from escaping and to ensure proper ventilation.
The Kenyan Sand Boa is a desert species and naturally need to be kept in a hot environment during the day, with a slight drop in
temperatures during the night. Ideally, the warm side of the enclosure should be between ninety and ninety-five degrees during the
day, with access to a cooler area in the low eighties. During the night, temperatures should be at a safe seventy degrees, although
slightly warmer nighttime temperatures seem advantageous for younger animals.
Using ceramic heat emitters, standard heat bulbs and heating pads designed specifically for reptile use, area great way to ensure your Kenyan
Sand Boa get’s the heat he or she requires. Supplemental lighting is not required for this species. However, constant exposure to light
can be stressful for any animal, so if heat lights are used during the day, they should be replaced by another form of heat after dark.
We can tell you that the Kenyan Sand Boa does not require an elaborate enclosure. A few inches of substrate should be provided for burrowing.
Sand may be provided but you will have to ensure that your snakes are fed in an alternative container to prevent ingestion. Some suitable
substrates may include aspen chips, shredded aspen, or any other desert-type bedding that is designed for use with snakes and is not overly dusty.
You will find that your Kenyan Sand Bow will spend a significant amount of time dug into their burrows. A few additional hiding spots can be added.
Slabs of cork bark and half-logs are both perfectly acceptable. Be sure to avoid any heavy pieces of stone or wood that may settle onto a digging
snake and cause crushing injuries. Lastly, decorations such as plastic cacti can be used to your discretion but will be for aesthetics and for functionality purposes.
Kenyan Sand Boas need to be kept dry as to help stimulate the desert from which they originate from. Shedding problems are relatively rare with this
species, but if they occur, providing temporary areas with increased humidity should remedy the problem.
In cages with screen tops, a small water dish may be provided. However, keep in mind that these animals are very sensitive to high levels of
humidity, water bowls should only be offered a few times a week in less ventilated enclosures in rack systems.
Although Kenyan Sand Bows are rarely seen exploring their enclosure, they can be removed and handled easily. They are non-aggressive, and specimens
that have handled regularly will become very tame. You will notice that the Kenyan Sand Boa loves to borrow, so their movements on solid ground and
in your hands may seem spastic and jumpy. This is perfectly normal, and they should adjust to your touch over time.
As with any snake, avoid over handling your Sand Boa. If you pet appears stressed as indicated by lack of appetite or unusual aggression,
consider reducing your handling time and frequency sessions until the animals behavior normalizes.
Feeding of the Boa is a fairly straight forward process. The Boa, in addition to other snakes of all sizes, should be
offered one appropriately sized prey, once a week. If your wondering how much you should feed your Boa, simply look for a
noticeable bulge in the snakes belly as that will be a good indicator of enough food. Newborn, Pink mice are ideal for
hatchlings, while large adults will easily consume a full size, adult mouse.
Petware House does carry a variety of foods that will appeal to your Boa. We recommend freshly killed or frozen/thawed mice.
This will reduce the likely hood of your snake being bitten by its prey while being constricted. We also suggest leaving
the prey in a small container for your Boa as this will prevent your snake from digesting substrate which may cause it a
great deal of harm.
Just as with other Sand Boa’s the Kenyan Sand Boa feeds mainly on small mammals, but also eat birds and lizards.
For the most part, Sand Boa’s catch their prey by burrowing in loose soil or sand using the burrows of other small
animals to conceal themselves. They then use ambush passing prey, using construction to kill it or sometimes swallowing
it whole. The Kenyan Sand Boa is also likely to actively search for nestling mammals and birds. As well as killing prey
by constriction, this species has been reported to dispatch small prey by pulling it under the sand to suffocate it.
As a burrowing species, the Kenyan sand boa usually hides in a hole or buried beneath sand during the day, only emerging
to hunt by night. However, it may also hunt or bask during the day.
Once Born, time-to-maturity for the Kenyan Sand Boa is two to three years. Mating season is generally during the spring and early
summer, with the male often having to dig the female out of the sand before mating can occur. The female Kenyan Sand Boa can give
birth from to anywhere from four to twenty baby Boas within four to give months of mating. The newly-borns typically measure
anywhere from seventeen to twenty centimeters in length and average about eight grams in weight.
The Kenyan Sand Boa is a truly fascinating Species of Snake. Here at Petware House, we breed and carry a large variety of these
stunning creatures, right here, in store. For your reading pleasure, don’t hesitate to review some interesting Sand Boa Facts.
In captivity Kenyan Sand Boa’s can live up to ten years with some of them exceeding twelve years, depending on care and environmental factors.
Males are the smaller of the Kenyan Sand Boa Species. This specie can grow up to ninety centimeters long.
Kenyan sand boas hide in shallow burrows in the sand with only their small heads showing. They mainly catch small mammals, but also eat small reptiles and birds, killing their prey by constriction.
The Kenyan Sand Boa has eyes and nostrils on top of their head, making it easy to hide in the sand while still maintaining sensory contact for hunting.
During the mating season, male snakes have to dig out the females from the sand to mate with them.
Kenyan sand boas are found in sandy areas throughout northern and eastern Africa, where they are reasonably common.
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