Kenyan Sand Boa

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Kenyan Sand Boa

Scientific Name

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

General Information about Kenyan Sand Boa

  • They are known as East African Sand Boa, Egyptian Sand Boa.
  • Kenyan sand boa is one of the smallest boas on earth.
  • They have noticeable yellowish or orange colour 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 ages of 3 years old.
  • The snakes give birth to live young after 4 months of breeding.


  • 6 to 20 babies per clutch.

Boa Size

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

Life Span

  • They live up to 16 years or more.

Kenyan Sand Boa Food and Feeding

  • African sand boa eat very little.
  • Young boa should be fed every 5 to 7 days in captivity.
  • 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 rodent with the snake overnight.
  • A bowl of fresh water should be provided for the snake.

Boa Habitat and Vivarium Housing

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