East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

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East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby Ophidiophile » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:44 pm

First worked with and bred Kenyan Sand boas almost 25 years ago. Published an article on them in the now defunct Reptile and Amphibian Magazine in 1996 but soon after stopped working with them. In 2012 a local offered me a trio of really beautiful high color Bell albinos and I couldn't resist. Several days ago one of the females gave me a small but awesome clutch of 5 high colored albino babies. Feels really good to have success again with a species I started working with so long ago!
Here's the first baby to feed - gives a great idea of how nicely colored they are.

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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby StaceyLeigh » Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:31 am

These are so cool! I have been researching these for awhile. Planning on taking the plunge to get one soon! Believe it or not I have never had a snake :shock: So I think this is a good choice for me. This one is just stunning David!
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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby Kurt » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:25 am

That's cool. Are they good for first time snake owners?
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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby Dakota » Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:27 am

That's awesome! My father had a Sand boa when I was just a wee kid, and the thing was evil! It wasn't very big either. From what I noticed, East African's are pretty docile..? Makes me wonder what species (other than Satan.. LOL) we had.

Super congrats on the babies, that must be exciting.
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Postby Jeff » Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:48 pm

Congratulations! There is really nothing like successfully producing babies from scratch. Totally different from acquiring a gravid female.
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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby critterguy » Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:10 pm

Neato!

I've heard sand boas are docile but have a pretty intense feeding response. I keep a rubber boa-and am looking to acquire more though legislation makes this difficult. They are probably the most docile and tractable snake I have had the pleasure of working with.
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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby Richard.C » Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:22 am

Nice one david,i was going to say sheesh you must be old,lol,but i have that issue of reptile and amphibian magazine floating around somewhere,so im one to talk,lol

There a neat looking boa
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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby Ophidiophile » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:52 pm

Thanks everyone!

Kurt wrote:That's cool. Are they good for first time snake owners?


I actually think these are better for first time snake owners than much more common snakes like a ball python. They are pretty, don't get too large, are easy to keep and feed and stay docile with handling.
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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby jdheff1982 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:14 pm

Ophidiophile wrote:Thanks everyone!

Kurt wrote:That's cool. Are they good for first time snake owners?


I actually think these are better for first time snake owners than much more common snakes like a ball python. They are pretty, don't get too large, are easy to keep and feed and stay docile with handling.


I wouldn't start a beginner with a ball at all. They have a tendency to be picky eaters. IMO, can't go wrong with a corn snake. Good eaters, lots of paint jobs, won't break the bank like a quality ball will, and docile. Although, if I get another snake, I'll prolly venture away from the corns into something a little more difficult to raise.
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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby critterguy » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:49 pm

I think colubrids in general make better starter snakes than most boids. Since many available colubrids are from temperate climates they are easier to care for.
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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby Spindown » Tue Sep 16, 2014 6:16 pm

Out of BP's, corns, and kenyans, corns and kenyans are tied in my mind, at least female kenyan = corn snake in ease of care and feeding ease. Males fast to the extreme, like many BP's. They are extremely easy to socialize, have a nice small size, are easy to keep, etc etc. I'd say corn over both of those if you want a display snake. I have all three, and have for several years.
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Re: East African (Kenyan) Sand Boas

Postby Romeyrider » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:17 pm

Kurt wrote:That's cool. Are they good for first time snake owners?

They are the perfect snake for first time snake owners! Really friendly and easy to care for! Here is a really neat forum for them! http://www.sandboakeepers.com/forum.php?tabid=11

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