How often should I feed my adult Kenyan sand boa?

Once they do, they generally need to eat about once a week. More frequent feedings will encourage them to grow faster, if that is what you wish. As your snake gets older, he/she will not need to be fed quite as often. Once a week for an older female snake is often adequate, and males eat even less often.

What to do if a Kenyan sand boa does not eat?

Many Kenyan sand boas don’t eat during the winter months. Don’t be alarmed if your snake does not eat for a couple of months at a time. Use tweezers or tongs to feed your snake. Even in captivity, sand boas sometimes enjoy “attacking” their prey. They might hide in a tunnel and sort of pounce at the food coming into their cage.

What should I Feed my Baby sand boa?

Feed adult sand boas dead mice that are small enough to digest. A meal should cause just a small bump to appear in your snake’s body after eating. Choose baby mice for your baby snake. As your snake grows, gradually increase the size of the mice. An associate at the pet store should be able to help you pick a good size.

What kind of mice do sand boas eat?

Young sand boas will be eating young mice, which you can purchase frozen. The rule of thumb is to feed a meal which is about as big around as your snake at mid-body. For sand boas that means that babies get pink mice and adult males get fuzzies, with a mature female able to eat hoppers or adults.

What kind of snake is a Kenyan sand boa?

Kenyan sand boas have the scientific name Gongylophis colubrinus. They are also often referred to as the “East African sand boa.” When you hear the word “boa,” you probably think of a very large snake. However, Kenyan sand boas are quite small compared to other snakes in their family.

What kind of mice can a Kenyan sand boa eat?

Kenyan sand boas are some of the smallest pet snakes and they will never grow big enough to eat rats or larger mice. Feed them small mice and nothing else. Get frozen mice and thaw them before feeding. The mouse should be about as wide as the fattest part of the snake’s body.

Is it OK to feed sand boas in captivity?

Feeding Sand Boas. Feeding Sand Boas in captivity is usually pretty straightforward. Most people that have problems getting Sand Boas to eat are failing to provide appropriate housing and/or temperatures for their snakes. Most adult Sand Boas eat commercially available rodents.

Where does the Kenyan sand boa snake come from?

The Kenyan Sand Boa is from Africa and originates from the Kenyan region, especially from the coast. These snakes are very popular and are easy to find. These are very easy snakes to look after and are GREAT beginner snakes. THEIR ENCLOSURE. The best enclosure for a younger Kenyan Boa Snake would be a 10-gallon tank.

Do you need a hide for a Kenyan sand boa?

Although the Kenyan sand Boa will burrow and hide beneath the ground, you should also get them snake a hide. Two is even better, so that they can have one on the warmer side and one on the cooler side of the enclosure. There are loads of different hides available.

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.

What does a Kenyan sand boa need?

The Kenyan sand boa has a strong appetite for live reptile food, specifically mice. Baby Kenyan sand boas typically prefer live pinky mice to get started, but with maturity, they almost always switch to frozen/thawed prey. Even with dead food, the prey is usually constricted.

Can you handle a Kenyan sand boa?

Kenyan Sand Boas tolerate handling well, have simple husbandry needs and are not venomous so make fantastic pet snakes for beginners. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about this old world snake…

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