Boa, Kenyan Sand

[Gongylophis colubrinus]

The Kenyan Sand Boa is one of the smallest boas, has a more or less pointed tail and is heavy bodied, resembling a sausage. They can weigh up to four pounds. The body coloring is yellow or orange with brown splotches. It has nostrils and small eyes on the top of its head. They can hide in the sand with its eyes and nostrils above the sand to wait for their prey. Although if there is no prey, it can live for a year without food. They can live up to 20 years.

Location: Education Animals


Africa, Kenya, and range includes Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia
Desert, scrub savannahs
Conservation Status

Primary Threats

Four months
4 to 20 live young
The Kenyan sand boa is a constrictor, burrows under the sand, cannot coil, hides under rocks and burrows to stay out of heat and wait for prey. It drags its prey under the sand to suffocate it.
Become sexually mature at 2-3 years. The male may have to drag the female out of the sand to mate.
Wild Diet
Small mammals and lizards
Zoo Diet