How much do sand boas go for?

Sand Boas have a wide price range because of the number of morphs available. Wild-type Kenyan Sand Boas are sold for $100 but morphs are more expensive. Depending on the rarity of the morph some can cost $1,500.

Can you pop a sand boa?

Its easy to sex kenyan sand boas without relying on the spurs or popping which can damage snakes if done improperly. Males have a longer tail from their cloaca (anal vent) to the tip of their tail, and the tip has a rounder look to it. With females the tail is shorter from the cloaca to the tip and the tip is pointed.

Why is sand boa so expensive?

Sand Boa snakes are said to have two heads as the tail of this snake also looks like a head, and they have are one of the protected animals that cannot be owned without proper documentation. This process makes it extremely difficult for people to own the reptile and is often the reason behind the high price associated.

How can I help my sand boa shed in Kenya?

If your Sand Boa has retained skin after shedding you can place the snake in a plastic container lined with warm, wet paper towels with the container lid on or soak the snake in warm water. Let the snake stay in the container or warm water for approximately 30 minutes.

How long do sand boas live?

The Kenyan Sand Boa is found in semi-arid desert regions or rock outcroppings of Northeastern Africa: From Egypt, to Tanzania, and west Somalia to Kenya. Lifespan: Sand boas typically live into their mid-teens. Some in captivity have lived up to 20 years.

Do sand boas make good pets?

Characteristics: Sand Boas are excellent reptile pets. They stress out more easily than other boas and most keepers consider them display pets rather than pets to handle often. These snakes are the perfect size for pet owners who want a boa species but one that stays small.

How can you tell if a sand boa is male or female?

Neither sex is exactly slender, but the females have the heftier girth of the two. It’s also pretty easy to determine the gender of a Kenyan sand boa by comparing tail shape. The male has a longer, slimmer tail, whereas the female’s tail is stubbier and shorter.

How can you tell if a snake is poisonous or not?

Venomous snakes typically have broad, triangular heads. This may sound odd because most snake heads look similar, but the difference in shape is seen near the snake’s jaw. A venomous snake will have a bulbous head with a skinny neck because of the position of the snake’s venom sacks underneath its jaw.

How long does it take for a Kenyan sand boa to reach full size?

Once they reach adulthood, at about 15 months to 2 years of age depending on feeding schedules, they frequently eat very little, especially in the summer breeding season. The females will generally reach about 24-36 inches, with 28 being typical, and will weigh in the neighborhood of 400-900 + grams.

How often can I handle my sand boa?

These snakes do well with lots of attention and handling, so you can interact with your snake several days a week if you want to. Sand boas love to burrow, so don’t be alarmed if it tries to sneak up your sleeve. These snakes are typically pretty docile. If they do bite you, don’t worry.

How often should a sand boa eat?

once a week
You can use fluorescent lights and leave them on for 8-12 hours a day. During the night, use an infrared heat lamp to view your snake. Food and Water: Boas eat rodents no larger than the snake’s girth. Baby Sand Boas should be fed once a week.

What should I do if I find a sand boa?

Of course, you could also use a small snake hook, as well. When handling your sand boa, be sure to provide sufficient support along its body. Unlike some other snakes, sand boas are not built for climbing, so you need to prevent an accidental fall that could result in stress and injury to the snake. Provide plenty of support.

How old do Kenyan sand boas have to be?

Although the captive requirements for the Kenyan sand boa are nominal, they can require a long-term commitment, as there are reports of Kenyan sand boas exceeding 30 years in captivity. I have two female Kenyan sand boas in my collection that have been with me for almost 20 years, and they were both at least 2 years old when I acquired them.

Is the sand boa a live bearing species?

The sand boa is a live-bearing species, too, which is another plus for the keeper who is just starting out and who may want to avoid purchasing an incubator and dealing with eggs. Adults exhibit sexual dimorphism, making it easy to decipher the genders by comparison.

Is the Kenyan sand boa a ball python?

While the Kenyan sand boa may not be as popular in the snake hobby as a ball python, it has developed a special niche in herpetoculture due to its interesting appearance, relatively placid disposition and simple husbandry requirements. Even the largest individual is manageable for the keeper with limited space.