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Scientific name: Gongylophis colubrinus
Habitat: semi-arid deserts, savannah, rock outcroppings
Diet: rodents and other small mammals
Life span: 15-20 years
Young: 10-20 at a time
Size: 38-80 cm (1.3-2.7 ft)

Kenyan sand boas spend most of their time buried under sand where they are practically invisible. Sand boas are well adapted for life under the sand and only come out to search for food. They have a short and powerful body to help them burrow. Kenyan sand boas also have eyes and nostrils on the top of their head so they remain free of sand and dirt.

Fun Fact: Kenyan sand boas are very popular in the pet trade due to their size and ease of care.


Range: east Africa

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

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13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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