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Latin name: Gongylophis colubrinus
This beautiful little snake is a paradox albino morph which are a set of contradictory traits - albino being the gene which initially gives the animal a lack of pigment and the paradox gene giving the animal black splotches.
She was born July 2021, is about 11” in length and is eating frozen thawed pink/fuzzy mice 1x per week.
General info: Kenyan Sand Boas are a great choice for a lot of snake owners because of their small size, simple care requirements and extremely docile temperaments. They also come in a variety of attractive colors and patterns. They are constrictors and one of the few old world boas. Like other boas, they give live birth.
Habitat and lifestyle: They have a large natural range which encompasses northeast and central eastern Africa. Kenyan Sand Boas are skilled ambush predators. With eyes on the tops of their heads, they bury themselves in loose soil with only their eyes peeking above, making them practically invisible. They then wait for small prey such as mice to run by at which point they burst out of the soil and strike.
Size and lifespan: They rarely exceed 3 feet in length with males staying smaller-around 2 feet. They often up to 20 years but can exceed that with some living up to 30 years.
Quick care stats:
Temperatures: 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the basking area, 80 degrees Fahrenheit on the cool end.
Humidity: 30% for most of the time and up to 60% during their shed cycles.
Tank size: 10 gallons for babies.15-30 gallons for juveniles/adults.
Tank type: Low flat rectangle. These are primarily subterranean snakes who don't climb.
Lighting: Both a heat pad and a dimmable heat lamp are recommended for snakes living in glass tanks. Thermostats are also helpful. Full spectrum UVB lighting is not required for this species but is highly recommended for all reptiles for overall welfare.
Substrate and furniture: Soil, sand, aspen or coconut fiber -anything that is loose and easy to burrow into. 4"deep or deeper. Provide a water dish that is large enough for the snake to curl up into for soaking.
Handling: Kenyan Sand Boas can be handled a few times per week with handling sessions being not much longer than 30-45 minutes.
When not to handle: After the snake has eaten, give them 2-3 days to digest their food before handling them again. When you first bring the snake home or move it to a new enclosure, wait at least 3 days before handling it to give it a chance to settle in to the new environment.
Feeding frequency: every 4-5 days for babies, 1x per week for juveniles and adults. Prey item should be as wide as the widest part of the snake's body.