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Posted by Randy T. on May 03, 2003 at 20:00:23:
In Reply to: Kenyan Sand Boa Questions posted by dleary on May 03, 2003 at 18:57:17:
:I bought a 25" long male Kenyan Sand Boa today - very cool creature. I have a few questions for those with some Sand Boa experience, however:
:1. What humidity should I provide in his terrarium? Currently it is a steady 50% with a screen top.
you actually will want to keep the humidity quite low, since they are a desert species ( I keep my humidity around 20-30%)
:2. How much bigger might he get? I've read conflicting data on the internet.
well as far as size goes, I have heard of 2 females right at the 3' range, and since males stay smaller then females you will probably be looking at around 30" at full grown maximum
:3. How do you recommend I feed him?
I feed my female 1 fuzzy rat or hopper mouse every 2 weeks (she is only 16" and will not eat much more then that)
as far as the best substrate, I actually prefer and use calci sand for my kenyan, it holds heat better then aspen and gives them good friction when they shed (when I used aspen my female had patchy sheds, so I went back to calci sand and she has perfect sheds again.)
Good luck with your Kenyan and post some pix of him when you get the chance. Later Randy T.
I have him in a 20-gallon long aquarium with 3" of aspen bedding as a substrate, heated externally with an under-tank heating pad to 95° F (35° C) on one side. The other side isn't heated and remains at 78° F (25.5° C). I keep a 4" diameter cup of water for him in one corner.
:Thanks for any adivce/input.