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Kenyan Sand Boa Care

Kenyan Sand Boa Care

Kenyan Sand Boa (Gongylophis colubrinus)

also called Egyptian Sand Boa, East African Sand Boa

Popularity: Make good house pets due to their small size, docility and ease of care.

Origin: Eastern Africa

Native habitat: Semi-desert, scrub savannahs and rock outcroppings. Prefers powdery, sandy soil.

Size: Up to 2 feet

Appearance: Kenyan Sand boas are sturdily built with small heads, small eyes, and short tails. Color pattern is a yellow or orange coloration overlaid with dark brown splotches. The belly is white or cream colored. Many morphs exist with extensive color and pattern varieties.

Diet: Small mammals

Activities: During the warmer months, Sand boas hide beneath stones and in the holes of small mammals. From holes, only their heads are exposed, and this allows them to quickly nab passing prey that comes within striking range. They then kill the prey by constriction.


Housing and Substrate

Housing can be any typical snake cage: 10-15 fifteen gallon aquarium tanks are ideal. Substrate includes that which allows burrowing, such as Aspen bedding and sand. Avoid the toxic cedar and pine.


Provide a thermal gradient by placing a heat pad under one end of the cage. The snake will move from warmer to cooler sides as needed. The range should be from about 78-83 F on one end to 90-95 F at the other. They need hides in both areas. Low humidity such as that in an average home is best.


No special lighting is required for these nocturnal animals as long as there is night and day variance in the home.


Sand boas will eat pre-killed or frozen-thawed, appropriately sized mice.

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