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Sand Boa Feeding Ideas & Tips

I have had numerous people inquire about getting help on feeding their Sand Boa, so I have decided to make this section to give you ideas on a solution for problem feeders.


Here are some tips to try:

 - Try thawing feeders in hot water, in a deli cup. Wait 5 minutes, then drain water and re-add hot tap water again. When offering the feeder, dab the feeder dry with a scott-towel.

 - Try thawing feeders in a zip lock bag in hot tap water, in a deli cup, so the feeders do not get wet. Wait 5 minutes, then drain water and re-add hot tap water again.

 - Try feeding later at night. I feed mine between 9pm and 2am.

 - Try feeding in a quiet/quieter room.

 - Try feeding in a dark container.

 - Try feeding in a smaller container.

 - Try adding a hide in the feeding bin.

 - I do not recommend feeding in their enclosures.

 - Never leave a hopper or adult mouse in with a Sand Boa unsupervised for any length of time, as they are large enough to do damage to a Sand Boa. Supervise until fully consumed.

 - Try feeding smaller Sand Boas in a 250mL deli cup. Try without paper towel, and with paper towel. Some are picky and do not like the feel of paper towel under themselves.

 - Try "vibrating" the feeder, to try imitate the "quivering" of a live pinkie/fuzzy. Use forceps. I do not recommend using your hand to hold feeders.


 - Here is a feeding bin I use just to give you ideas.

This would work for adult or juvenile Sand Boas.

This is a Sterilite Bin. 6qt/5.7L model #1882 "White" 13 3/4"L x 8 5/8"W x 4 7/8"H.

Model 1882 specs (See Sterilite.com)

The hide is a Zilla Creature Cubbyhole Medium 6.5"L x 4.5"W x 2"H with 2" wide door.

        


- Picture of the 12" plastic coated tip Forceps:

 

Kenyan Sand Boa Information

Kenyan Sand Boas are for the most part incredibly good starter snakes. They are a hardy, smaller snake, rarely exceeding 24" in length with a few rare specimens growing to 36". Generally they are a very docile, handleable snake and can be cared for with ease. This specie of sand boas are mainly found in Tanzania, Kenya, much of Ethiopia, Sudan, northern Somalia, northern Chad, western Niger, Egypt and western Libya. They breed around June/July and can produce 6-20 young around October/November. Gestation period is said to be roughly 4 months, and Kenyans are live-bearers. Younger snakes are fed pinkie mice, sometimes feeding frozen/thawed may take a little while to get them on, but usually take live mice without problems.

For an amazing specimen, check out this link to VPI inc. they had an amazing female Kenyan Sand boa!

 

Kenyan Sand Boa Caresheet

**caresheet is still under construction**

Introduction:

Kenyan Sand Boas are a very calm and docile snake being very handleable and easy to take care of. This is a burrowing specie and requires a substrate that the snakes can burrow and hide in, often you will see their nose sticking out of the substrate. Males average about 18 and females about 24, females being a fair bit heavier than the males. These are live bearing snakes, producing average 3-15 babies per litter, but can have 10+.

 

Terrarium Requirements:

- An optimum terrarium size is 24 long X 18 deep X 15 high.

A 15 Gallon terrarium is sufficient. (24" long X 12" deep X 12" high)

- Temperatures should be 75F to 85F as a minimum & nighttime temperature range and 90F - 92F basking spot during the day.

- An under tank heating pad is recommended with a low wattage spot basking light for daytime basking temps.

- As this is a burrowing specie, a substrate of 1 to 3 is needed, depending on the size/age of the Sand Boa. Aspen chips or shavings are recommended for adults, juveniles and hatchlings.

- I recommend at least 2 hides, one on warm side and one on cool side of the terrarium.

- A small water dish but these snakes have a very low humidity requirements.

- A humid hide can be placed in the tank for a few days when shedding is about to occur to help ensure a proper shedding. I have them available at all times.

- I recommend housing adults separately to reduce stresses.

- Daily spot clean the terrarium and change water daily.

- DO NOT USE cedar or pine shavings, these are toxic to the snakes!

 

Feeding:

Hatchlings will eat 1 Pinkie mouse every 4 to 7 days.

Adults can vary by size so feed accordingly sized food items.

I feed my adult male 6 Pinkie mice once a week.

I feed my adult female 6 Fuzzy Mice once a week.

 

Persian Sand Boa Caresheet

Use Kenyan Sand boa Caresheet.

 

Saharan Sand Boa Caresheet

Use Kenyan Sand boa Caresheet.

 

Rough Scale Sand Boa Caresheet

Use Kenyan Sand boa Caresheet.

Only exception I have noticed is Rough Scales do better in smaller enclosures. Max 10 gallon size as any larger and they get stressed out and go off feeding easily.

 

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