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Kenyan Sand Boa Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Eryx colubrinus loveridgei
  • Class

    Reptiles
  • Order

    Serpentes
  • Range

    This species is native to East Africa, ranging from Egypt to Tanzania and west into Kenya.

  • Habitat

    As its name implies, the Kenyan sand boa occupies dry desert regions.

  • Niche

    The Kenyan sand boa spends much of its time camouflaged beneath the sand or hiding under stones and in burrows. It is an excellent digger and can quickly bury itself. It feeds on desert prey, such as rodents, which it constricts within its coils.

  • Life History

    Young Kenyan sand boas develop in eggs housed within the mother's body. The eggs hatch internally, producing live young.

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