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It is not uncommon for sand boas to not eat the first couple weeks after moving to a new loving home. This process is very stressful and it can take a few weeks to acclimate.

Standard feeding involves thawing out a pinky mouse in hot water for about 30 minutes and either placing it in the enclosure or putting the thawed out pinky mouse in the cup the snake came home in and a paper towel over both to make your kenyan sand boa feel safe. Leave the cup near the hot spot overnight to allow them to eat. If they do not eat, give them another 3 or 4 days before trying again but alternate feeding directly in the enclosure and then the next time offer the pinky in the cup, try each method every other time until your sand boa eats. Once it does eat, stick with the method that has worked in the past.

Another successful method we employ is dangle or tease feeding by hand or with feeder tongs. Gently tap the nose of the pinky along the lower body of the snake and slowly ‘walk’ the pinky near the snakes head. You are trying to simulate that the pinky mouse is alive and make it seem like it is slowly walking up the back of the snake. They should instinctively raise their head in anticipation of a strike. When you get near the head gently tap the side of the head with the pinky before dangling in front of the nose and tapping the nose. If the snake does not strike the pinky, repeat this process until they do.

If your sand boa is still not cooperating, please contact us.

We need to know the following information in order to properly help you:

  1. What is your hot spot temperature?
  2. What type of enclosure are you using?
  3. What type of substrate?
  4. What method are you using to feed your kenyan sand boa?

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East African Sand Boas, aka Kenyan sand boa or Egyptian sand boa are a small, docile and super hardy miniature boa constrictor. The males rarely reach lengths over 16” and can live their entire life in a 10 gallon aquarium. Please visit our care guide section click here for a quick guide to sand boa care. We also have written an East African Sand Boas Care Guide which is available on Amazon, click here.
Yes! In fact, they are the best beginner snake available in the US. East African sand boas, aka Kenyan sand boa or Egyptian sand boas, are incredible beginner snakes because they possess all the attributes you want in a beginner snake. They are very small and manageable, require minimal space, and are very forgiving to initial poor husbandry. If you provide them with a hot spot in their enclosure of 95-105 degrees and offer them food at least once every other week they will thrive. For a more detailed care guide, please check out the book we have written available on Amazon, click here.
Initially, I would supervise the handling and watch the snake for clues of stress. So long as the snake is calm and curious, I don’t see any reason why you should limit this bonding time. Remember to not handle the snake the day of or the day after feeding.

We have also written an extensive East African sand boas care guide answering everything sand boa! To purchase the book click here.

We ship to any location and will indicate that they are to ‘Hold for Pickup’. It’s not a problem.

We have also written an extensive East African sand boas care guide answering everything sand boa! To purchase the book click here.

If your Kenyan sand boa does not shed completely we will throw a couple damp paper towels in their enclosure. Normally this does the trick.

We have also written an extensive East African sand boas care guide answering everything sand boa! To purchase the book click here.

It’s not uncommon for them to have a period of transition where they will not eat regularly. I would check the hot spot and be sure it is 100 degrees +/- 5 and cut back on the handling until he starts eating more regular for you.

We have also written an extensive East African Kenyan sand boas care guide answering everything sand boa! To purchase the book click here.

This is a ‘tiger’ morph. They are produced by breeding a stripe (dominant) to a normal. The resulting litter statistically is 50% stripes and 50% tigers. A tiger is simply a normal Kenyan sand boa that has more black saddling resulting from breeding a stripe. They are very pretty and we usually have them available on our website or on our table. Great question!

We have also written an extensive East African Kenyan sand boas care guide answering everything sand boa! To purchase the book click here.

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