Exotis ISSN 2398-2985

Reptiles

Kenyan sand boa

Synonym(s): Gongylophis colubrinus, Egyptian sand boa, East African sand boa, Sand boa

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Kirsty Dewhurst

Introduction

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Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia. 
  • Phylum: Chordata. 
  • Class: Reptilia. 
  • Order: Squamata. 
  • Suborder: Serpentes. 
  • Family: Boidae. 
  • Genus: Gongylophis
  • Species: colubrinus

Distribution and habitat

  • Native to Kenya. 
  • Also found in African countries including Egypt, Niger, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania. 
  • Live in semi-deserts, as well as scrub savannahs. 
  • As the name suggests, they are often found in sandy areas. 
  • During the hottest months of the year, they will move into burrows. 

Species status

  • Not listed by the IUCN. 

Life span

  • 15+ years with good care and diet.
  • There are reports of them living over 30 years.

Diet

  • Carnivorous. 
  • Main diet consists of small mammals and rodents.

Breeding

  • Mating occurs between November and April. 
  • Gestation period is around 4 months. 
  • Females give birth to 10-20 live young in late summer. 

As pets

  • Popular as pets due to their small size and docile temperament. 

Predatory behavior

  • Ambush predator. 
  • Strike on prey when they cross the boas path. 
  • Kill by constriction.

Biological Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Western New York Herpetological Society (2018) Kenyan Sand Boa Care Sheet. Website: www.wnyherpsociety.org. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
  • Wildscreen Arkive (2018) Kenyan Sand Boa. Website: www.arkive.org. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
  • Boyd D (2014) Kenyan Sand Boa. Website: www.reptilesmagazine.com. Last accessed 16th April 2018. 
  • Kaplan M (2014) Kenyan (East African) Sandboa. Website: www.anapsid.org. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
  • Snake Facts (2014) Kenyan Sand Boa. Website: snake-facts.weebly.com. Last accessed 16th April 2018.
  • LLL Reptiles (2007) Kenyan sand boa. Website: www.lllreptile.com. Last accessed 16th April 2018. 
  • Barker T & Barker D (2006) Kenyan Sand Boas Information and Care. Website: http://vpi.com. Last accessed 15th July 2018.
  • Boa-Constrictors.com. Boa constrictor diseases. Website: www.boa-constrictors.com. Last accessed 16th April 2018. 

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