Kenyan Sand Boa

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Kenyan Sand Boa

Scientific Name

  • The scientific name of Kenyan Sand Boa is Epicrates cenchria cenchria


  • They are known as East African Sand Boas, and Egyptian Sand Boas.
  • Yellowish or orange color with dark brown splotches.
  • This snake is a nocturnal animal.


  • They are found in most East African countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.


  • When it reaches sexual maturity, age of 3 years old.
  • The snakes give birth to live young after 4 months of breeding.


  • 6 to 20 babies per clutch.


  • Hatchling: 15 to 20 inches.
  • Adult male: Up 15 to 18 inches.
  • Adult female: Up to 30 inches possible.


  • They live up to 16 years or more.


  • African sand boas eat very little.
  • Young boas should be fed every 5 to 7 days in captivity.
  • The adult boa eating schedule is 1 to 2 weeks once.
  • Hatchlings eat insects and small pinky mice.
  • Adult snakes’ food are lizards and rodents.
  • Avoid keeping rodents with the snake overnight.
  • A bowl of fresh water should be provided for the snake.

Boa Habitat and Vivarium Housing

  • In captivity, the temperature should be around 82°F.
  • Keep the basking spot around 89°F.