Kenyan Sand Boa (Eryx colubrinus)
Getting to Know Your Kenyan Sand Boa:
🐍Kenyan sand boas are from eastern Africa. They have gained recent popularity because of their easily manageable size requirements and care, small size, interesting personalities, and variety of color morphs.
🐍Kenyan sand boas are considered a small boa, however, Male and Female Kenyan sand boas vary in size. Female Kenyan sand boas can reach up to 2 feet while males will average around 16 to 18 inches. Despite their size, Kenyan sand boas will live up to 30 years.
Building Your Kenyan Sand Boa’s Home:
🐍Most Kenyan Sand Boas can be kept in a 10 gallon, however, it is not uncommon to have an adult female that requires a 20 gallon tank.
🐍The substrate for a Kenyan Sand Boa can vary from Aspen, play sand, or dry coconut mulch. However, all setups should avoid heavy decorations in which the sand boa could bury under.
🐍A Kenyan Sand Boa's enclosure should have a temperature gradient of 95 degrees Fahrenheit at the hot spot to 80 degrees on the cool side. Using an under tank heating pad under one side of the enclosure is ideal; making sure that the water bowl is placed on the cool side of the tank.
Feeding Your Kenyan Sand Boa:
🐍Kenyan Sand Boas eat mice at all stages of their life. The general rule of thumb for choosing an appropriate size meal for your Kenyan Sand Boa is to pick a meal about 1.5 times the widest part of the snake's body.
Interacting with Your Kenyan Sand Boa:
🐍Kenyan Sand Boas tolerate a moderate amount of handling. Although they are not the snake that prefers to be out of their enclosure all day, they greatly benefit from daily handling and human interaction.