Kenya sand boa in exhibit

Kenya Sand Boa

Scientific Name
Gongylophis colubrinus loveridgei
East Africa
Dry deserts
Estimated Wild Population
Kenya sand boa in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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Kenya sand boas have alternating orange-and-brown speckled patterns running down the length of their back. They are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. Females can grow up to 32 inches long while males max out at 15 inches. They spend much of their time hiding beneath the sand, under stones, and in burrows—they are excellent diggers and can quickly bury themselves. These snakes feed primarily on rodents, which they kill via constriction.

Did You Know?

To avoid the extreme heat of their desert habitat, Kenya sand boas only emerge in the early morning and evening to hunt.

Eggs hatch while still inside the female’s body.

In order to mate, males often have to dig females out of the sand, where they spend most of their time.

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