Eryx columbrinus loverdgei
Kenyan Sand Boa
Size: average 22-24
inches for females, average 15 inches for males
Age: late teens
Habitat: semi-arid regions,
sand desert, low humidity
Captive Care: 10 gallon
tank for babies, 20 gallon for a pair of adults, with several inches of
sand ( or newspaper), no suculant plants, only dry weathered driftwood,
manzanita branches, and rocks. Heavy cage furnature must be firmly affixed,
as the animal will tend to burrow under stuff and could be squashed. Cage
humidity must be keept low, but the animal should have access to drinking
water. One solution is to use a small "Rubbermaid"-type container
with a hole cut in the top as a water dish and partly bury it in the sand.
Never fill the dish more than half full. Undertank heating for half the
tank establishes a thermal gradient. A humidity box, a plastic box with
an access hole cut in the lid or upper side, half filled with damp spagnum
moss or vermiculite, aids in shedding. The box must be checked frequently
for droppings or mold.
from 94-96F to 77-84F
light for warmth
Foods: neonates prefer
lizards or pinkies sented with lizard odor. Some will accept newly born
mice. Feed weekly when young, decreasing the frequency as they mature.
They are mature at 15 monthes. Adults feed on lab mice or rat pups. They
need access to drinking water at least periodicly and it is best to feed
them at night.
Breeding: Easily bred
in captivity. Breeding begins in mid-late spring and parturation occurs
about 4-5 monthes later in late summer or early autunm. Using 2-3 males
with one female increases better success with larger litters. When females
are gravid, they prefer warmth, and may seek basking sites which exceed
95æF. Females breed biennially. The young are fairly large, about 8 inches
long, and they usually have 10-20 per litter.
Temperment: They are
head shy, so approach from the rear.