Kenyan Sand Boa – A Total Care Guide for Any Beginner

Kenyan Sand Boa

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.

Kenyan Sand Boa

THEIR ENCLOSURE

The best enclosure for a younger Kenyan Boa Snake would be a 10-gallon tank.  As an adult snake, you will need to upgrade the tank to a 20-gallon tank.

Loads of sources say that a tank can be too big for a snake.  And that the snake will be overwhelmed by the space.  Take a look outside where they naturally come from and their space is unlimited.

It is however very important to make them feel secure in their enclosure.  You can do this by adding fake branches, hides, and fake greenery.  This will give them space to hide behind and will make them feel more at home.

Make sure your enclosure has a lockable lid or cover.  If the cover is loose the snake can easily push the lid off and escape.

THE SUBSTRATE

You must use an enclosure bottom cover call substrate.  Kenyan Sand Boa’s love to burrow. Kenyan Sand Boa’s will naturally burrow into the sand in the wild.

The question is why not just use normal sand.  The reason is that the snake will ingest the substrate and after a long time can cause issues with their health.  Sometimes this can even cause the snake to die.

Kenyan Sand Boa

This type of substrate will be good for this snake as they can burrow into it.  It also stays dry which is good for the health of the snake.  The best way would be to add a few inches into the tank.  The more the better as they will love to hide under the substrate.

Paper towel and reptile carpet will not be a good idea for this type of snake. Also, Forest floor is also not a good idea as it holds onto too much moisture.

THEIR HIDE

Although the Kenyan Sand Boa will burrow it is also a requirement to get these snake a hide.  There are loads of different hides available on the market and almost all of them will do.

THEIR WATER DISH

Most snakes will get their moisture from their food.  So if you see them not drinking then do not worry too much.  That does not mean that you must not provide water.  You will need to also add a water dish for them.

Snakes might want to soak so it will be a good idea to get a dish that the snake can go in and out of. However the Kenyan Sand Boa hardly every will but it is a good idea to keep one.

TAP WATER

I do not recommend that you use tap water without a water conditioner.  This is because tap water contains chlorine which is not good for the snake’s health.

The best water conditioner is Reptisafe. This is very easy to use.  All you do is add the correct amount of water conditioner to the water.  This will make the chlorine neutral.  According to the bottle, it will remove all the chemicals that are dangerous to the Kenyan Sand Boa.  It also adds some extra things like calcium and electrolytes.

The best way to mix this would be to take a gallon of water and put in the required amount.  You can then store that water somewhere.

It is not recommended to use distilled water and the distilled water has not got any minerals. Change your water every day so that your snake has fresh water to drink or bathe in.

HUMIDITY

Setting up the humidity is simple.  Humidity is the percentage of moisture in the air.  It is measured in percentage from 0 – 100%.

The Kenyan Sand Boa will prefer lower humidity as they are from a dry region in Africa. 20-50% humidity will be perfect for this snake.  There also should be no moisture on the sides of the tank or in the substrate.  It should be nice and dry.  The fact that the Kenyan Sand Boa likes lower humidity makes them very easy to look after.

HOW TO DECREASE THE HUMIDITY

You might come from a very humid area of the world.  This will cause problems with this snake.  To decrease the humidity you must allow as much ventilation as possible.

If you have a normal enclosure with a screen on top.  Make sure not to put anything over it so that the air can flow into the tank.  Lots of people put their snake enclosure in the basements.  I would not recommend this as the basement is usually damper.

You must also add a humidity gauge to the enclosure.  This will help you keep an eye on the humidity percentage.

kenyan sand boa

THE TEMPERATURE

Kenyan Sand Boa’s come from a very warm part of Africa.  This will mean that you will need to keep their heat up.  You will need to keep your enclosure at about 90-95 degree Fahrenheit.  The best way to keep your enclosure ate the right is to use one of this heat mat.


You can also choose from different sizes depending on what size your tank is.  The best way to use these mats is just to slide it directly under the bottom of the enclosure.  Under the glass – not inside the tank.  Because the plastic can be dangerous for the health of the snake.

Put the heat mat underneath the snakes hide.  This is that the snake can keep warm in its hide at all times.

CONTROLLING THE TEMPERATURE

Controlling the temperature will be one of the most important parts of looking after you snake.  For this, you will need to purchase a thermostat.  The thermostat will make sure to regulate the temperature of the enclosure without harming the snake.

SETTING UP THE HEAT MATT AND THERMOSTAT

The power cord of the heat matt will need to be plugged into the back of the thermostat.  You will then need to place the probe into the enclosure.  The thermostat will then plug directly into the wall.  Put the probe into the same space where you placed you hide.  The goal will be to put it into the hottest area so the snake does not burn itself.  You must then set the temperature of the thermostat to about 92-degree Fahrenheit.

You can then use a temperature gun to make sure the enclosure is at the correct heat.

Kenyan Sand Boa

Enclosure with hide and temp gun

Kenyan Sand Boa snakes should be able to cool off.  So the best way would be to have a cool area of the enclosure.  Putting the heat matt on the one side of the tank will make sure this happens.  If you from a cold area you can use a heat lamp to bring in some extra heat.  You WILL ALSO need a thermostat for the heat lamp.

LIGHTING

Kenyan Sand Boa Snakes are nocturnal, this means that they are more active at night.  Because of this, it is important to make sure the snake has a night time and day time lighting.  Make sure you put the snake enclosure in a light room.  Not in front of a window though as this can make the temperature too high or too low.  The snake then should get enough lighting for its enclosure to know when it is day or night.

FEEDING

Kenyan Sand Boas Snakes will never grow big enough to eat rats or larger mice- read  SMALLEST PET SNAKE – 4 OF THE SMALLEST PET SNAKE BREEDS. They will always need to eat small mice.  You cannot feed them raw meat, fish or any types of insects.

HOW BIG MUST THE MOUSE BE?

The mouse must be a wide as the fattest part of the snake’s body. It does not have to be perfect, it can be smaller.  Feeding once a week will be perfect.

CONCLUSION

These are perfect snakes for any beginner.  They are very docile and will hardly ever bite.  They are also very slow moving so they are super easy to handle.  All in all, this is one GREAT snake and is highly recommended.

Comments

  1. I have been asking my mom if I can buy a Kenyan sand boa and she said that if it is a good beginner snake and you do lots of research on them because we can’t afford a sick snake in our household.😘😍

    1. Author

      Awesome, the Kenyan Sand Boa is one awesome snake. Another great snake is a ball python – very easy to care for. Tell your mom to read our article and maybe she will change her mind 🙂

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