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Kenyan Sand Boa Help and Advice

The species known as the Kenyan Sand Boa (Eryx colubrinus)
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Kenyan sand boas typically measure 12-24 inches (30-60 cm) in length, although some exceptional individuals can grow up to around 36 inches (90 cm).
Female snakes with a bulky, elongated body, petite head, narrow upward-tilted eyes, vertical pupils
Pupils, as well as a larger scale at the front end. With the exception of the tail, their bodies are adorned with exceptionally smooth scales.
which possesses bigger, coarser scales. The typical coloration of the subject is predominantly gray, yellow, or orange, often with darker markings scattered throughout its body.
Fair white, creamy, or slightly pinkish abdomen. Nevertheless, it is acknowledged that a form without any discernible pattern does exist.
Kenyan sand boas naturally inhabit dry and partially dry regions in eastern Africa. They peak at
During the night, they are mainly active; however, during the day, they exhibit irregular activity patterns as they sunbathe and hunt. Even if labeled as
Apart from being adapted for digging, they are also known to occasionally ascend trees.
These snakes are suitable as pets because they have a calm nature, are of a convenient size, and are relatively easy to take care of.
care needs If they are well taken care of, they have the potential to live for a maximum of 30 years.
Grocery List

  • Preferably front-opening, this reptile enclosure should have dimensions of 24 inches in length, 18 inches in width, and 18 inches in height.
  • Dual dome heat lamp equipped with ceramic sockets.
  • 50 watt halogen flood bulb, times two
  • Two plug-in lamp dimmers, multiplied by two..
  • Device used to measure temperature from a distance, commonly known as an infrared thermometer or temperature gun.
  • Digital probe thermometer is a suitable alternative.
  • UVB lamp kit is recommended.
  • Spray device
  • Surge protector equipped with a digital timer.
  • The volume of the loose substrate is 22 quarts.
  • Plastic box
  • Items that enhance the environment
    • cork apartments
    • hollow wood
    • strong limbs
    • fake plants
    • drought-resistant living plants
    • Tiny H2O dish
    • Feeding tongs with a gentle tip
Housing
To determine the minimum required space for a land-dwelling snake, a simple calculation involves multiplying the snake's length by half of its length.
If you multiply the length by half the length of a snake, the result will be equal to multiplying the length by the width and the height. As per this equation, the lowest permissible value '
The recommended dimensions for a typical enclosure for a Kenyan sand boa are 24 inches in length, 12 inches in width, and 12 inches in height, which is equivalent to 60 centimetres by 30 centimetres by 30 centimetres. Somewhat taller is On the shopping list, it is advised to include items that will offer increased climbing space and a safer distance for UVB exposure.
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Females of a significantly larger size will need a minimum that surpasses the one specified in this description. I'm not certain about the size of your female.
sand boa's size? If you bought your snake from a breeder, you can estimate the eventual size of the snake by predicting its adult length.
inquiring about the size of your snake's mother. It is probable that your pet will eventually reach a comparable size.
Certainly, it is highly advisable to utilize an enclosure that exceeds the minimum requirement. Big is best!
Is it possible to keep multiple Kenyan sand boas together in the same enclosure?
It's recommended to keep only one Kenyan sand boa per enclosure as they are not commonly recognized as highly social creatures.
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Light & UVB
Kenyan sand boas are considered crepuscular, indicating that they are primarily active during the night.
at daybreak and twilight. note that UVB light plays a crucial role in their ability to thrive.
Keep in mind that they cannot prosper or succeed without it. This aids in the regulation of their circadian rhythm and related patterns.
hormonal cycles, while also supplying them with an ample amount of vitamin D3 to support their overall well-being.
physiological processes that are connected
Lights should be programmed to be turned on for 12 hours every day throughout the year, based on their natural range.
UVB Light
from the light source is crucial. The farther away you are from the light source, the weaker the UVB rays become. Therefore, it is important to find the perfect balance between the distance and strength of UVB needed for optimal results.
and the possibility of a blockage in the mesh should be taken into account. In order to offer the right amount of UVB, it is necessary to use a UVB bulb of good quality with low intensity. The length of the bulb should be approximately half the size of the enclosure, and it should be positioned on the warm side.
setup. The topmost limb needs to be placed in such a way that the snake remains at a minimum distance.
UVB lamp result:
  • ShadeDweller kit is available in two sizes: 7-9 inches with mesh, and 10-12 inches without mesh.
  • The recommended length for using Curalux T5 HO  5% bulbs is 10-12 inches if there is a mesh, and 13-15 inches if there is no mesh.
These suggestions are estimations derived from the data currently accessible. To achieve optimal outcomes, it is recommended to utilize a Solarmetre 6.5 for measuring solar radiation.
Identify the optimal position in order to attain a UVI range of 2.0-3.0 within the designated sunning zone.
Heating
Being warm-blooded, humans possess the ability to regulate their body temperature automatically. Kenyan
temperatures in order to regulate their body heat.
adjusting temperatures to maintain their own body temperature. When animals are kept in confinement, the utilization of halogen flood heat bulbs is common.
the most effective method to imitate the kind of cozy feeling offered by sunlight.
  • Optimal temperature for sunbathing: 93-95°F (34-35
  • Optimal temperature range: 78-83°F (26-28°C)
It is advisable to switch off the heating during night time.In general, a 50-watt halogen flood bulb like the Halogen Heat Lamp or the Repti bulb.
The Halogen Lamp should be sufficient to reach the desired temperature for the surface you want to bask on. If you see
If you feel that they are becoming excessively warm, use a plugin lamp dimmer to lower the intensity. If the surface you are basking on is not warm enough,
You require bulbs with a greater wattage.
To ensure that your snake's entire enclosure is heated evenly, you will require multiple heat bulbs to form a sufficiently large basking spot.
Curled form. An average Kenyan sand boa would require only two bulbs, which should be sufficient.
To determine temperature, employ an infrared thermometer (also known as). temp gun Etekcity 774 is a '
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Humidity
Kenyan sand boas are classified as a type of desert-dwelling snake and possess a high level of adaptability to survive in hot and arid environments. In
While in confinement, excessive dampness is generally not a major concern, but it still holds significance.
that the snake has a humid hiding spot available for its use as needed. This ought to be a concealed container in a chilly area.
Place a bed of slightly damp substrate or sphagnum moss inside half of the enclosure. It's good to also '
Every now and then, spray some water in the enclosure. Nevertheless, it is important to maintain a predominantly dry environment within the enclosure.
Utilize a digital probe hygrometer equipped with a probe to monitor the ambient humidity levels of your Kenyan sand boa.
positioned at the center of the enclosure.
Substrate
In order for Kenyan sand boas to be in their best health and state of contentment, it is ideal for them to be kept on a substrate (also known as a bedding material). "sleeping"
that replicates the settings found in their natural environment and helps maintain suitable moisture levels. Sand or water?
Sandy soil is usually the most suitable for fulfilling the requirements of a sand boa.
The top commercial substrates for Kenyan sand are Zoo Med ReptiSand and Exo Terra Desert Sand.
Hello, using 1/20 to 1/30 sandblasting media can be a beneficial option without the presence of dust. Use 'another choice'
a homemade blend consisting of 60% organic, natural topsoil without additives and 40% sandbox sand.
No matter what you choose to use, it is recommended that the substrate layer is at least 3-4" deep, although a greater depth is often preferred.
Within a 24x18 enclosure, you will need approximately 22-30 quarts (.75-1 ft³) of substrate. In a space measuring 36x18, which will '
Please use 34-45 quarts (1.1-1.5 ft³) of substrate.
disposed of regularly to maintain good hygiene and prevent the buildup of waste and bacteria in the environment.
replaced. The substrate needs to be entirely renewed every 3-4 months.
Décor
Environmental enrichment is crucial in the enclosure of your Kenyan sand boa, with decorations playing a significant role in fulfilling this need.
Enrichment items promote physical activity, trigger your snake's inherent instincts, and contribute to its overall well-being.
welfare. And, naturally, they enhance the aesthetic appeal of the enclosure!
Ideas for decorating: apartments, hollowed cork, flat pieces of cork, cholla wood, strong branches, shelves, fake plants.
plants that are able to withstand or survive periods of droughtFood
Kenyan sand boas are meat-eaters, requiring a diet consisting of complete animal prey to thrive.
obtain the necessary nutrients for their bodies. fed every 1-2 weeks as well.
fed 2-4 weeks. During each feeding session, offer a prey of similar size to the snake's width, usually one or two items.
at its broadest
Even though mice are typically used as the primary source of food, it is crucial to offer your pet a well-rounded, nutritious diet.
snake is DIVERSE. bountiful multitude of benefits.'
snake that is in better health and less selective
Suggestions for prey items include: small mice, juvenile rats, baby hamsters, baby gerbils, baby quails, chicks, and feeder lizards.
Lizard Links
Giving your pet snake frozen-thawed prey is preferable to offering live prey. This option provides a higher level of safety for the snake
In addition, it is typically regarded as more compassionate. To thaw the prey, it is advisable to place it in a plastic bag and soak it in warm water.
prior to presenting, warm it up to approximately 90°F/32°C. Use feeding tweezers with a soft tip to minimize the likelihood of encountering any harm or injury.
get bitten unexpectedly as the snake attacks.
If the snake refuses to eat from the tongs, you can place the food on a small plate or bowl to prevent it from becoming overly aggressive.
dirty surface It is important to keep in mind that adult males have been observed to abstain from eating for several months during the breeding season.
which is considered typical and beneficial for one's well-being.
Supplements
Kenyan sand boas can live without vitamin or mineral supplements, but incorporating them occasionally is beneficial.
an effective means of avoiding nutritional deficiencies. On occasion, lightly sprinkle the prey item with a coating of '
Equal parts of calcium and multivitamin should be combined prior to thawing.

Water
Every day, your Kenyan sand boa should always have a small dish of fresh and clean water available for them to freely access. 1x weekly
Clean the water bowl using a disinfectant specifically designed for veterinary use.