Species group: Boas, Anacondas and Pythons
Other common names: Rough-Scaled Sand Boa; Rough Scale Sand Boa; Common Sand Boa
Scientific name: Gongylophis conicus
The Rough Scaled Sand Boa is a small, heavy bodied burrowing Boa which is native to arid, sandy semi-desert terrain in southeastern Europe, Africa and western Asia.. They are nocturnal, and spend the hot day hidden under rocks and in burrows. At night they feed on worms and small mammals like mice and rats.
The Rough Scaled Sand Boa makes an excellent captive snake because of its generally friendly temperament. It is easy to breed, and captive bred individuals are readily available to the pet trade.
Appearance / health:
The Rough Scaled Sand Boas ranges between 18-48 inches in length. Females are much longer than males. It is heavy bodied with a short tail that is heavily keeled to increase traction as it moves through its sandy habitat. Its head and eyes are small. Is is tan to grey in color, with a zigzag pattern of connected reddish-brown markings.
Due to the relatively small size and terrestrial tendencies of the Rough Scaled Sand Boa, it can be housed in medium-sized (20-gallon) terrariums with secure mesh lids. Plastic bins with adequate ventilation to keep humidity low is also a good housing option. The ideal substrate is 3-5 inches deep made of aspen shaving or a combination of shaving, shredded paper, and sand or soil to mimic the snake’s natural habitat and provide the proper environment for burrowing. Hiding spots and a water dish should be available. Day temp: 90-96F; night temp: 75-80F
Fresh water should be provided daily and the enclosure must be cleaned and disinfected regularly. Rough Scaled Sand Boas spend most of their time in shallow burrows with only their head exposed.
Rough Scaled Sand Boas mate in spring and give birth to a litter of 10-20 live young in late summer or early fall. They are easily bred in captivity.
night, burrowing species
My Experience With Sand Boa Snake
A few months ago, I had a Sand Boa snake. (I had to call my friend and ask what was the name of it, because I wasn't too fond of the pet.)
I had to take the snake off of my friends hands, when she had been in another country. During the time I had the snake, it wasn't too bad since they stay in their little habitats, but I hated the fact that I had to feed it live mice. I don't know if that was mandatory, or if there was some kind of other optional food, but that's all my friend said before she fled the country.
The snake used to go into the sand sometimes, where I couldn't see it. And I'd go, "Did I put Angelique back in her habitat?"
The snake bit me once, about the third week that I had it. That was the only time she bit me. After my friend finally came back to America, I was happy as a clam (before people peel them out of their shells and dip them in sauce, of course)..
From MalaysiaSalene Jul 20 2013 4:00PM
A (Harmless) Russel's Viper Look-Alike
A “boa” in name only…in lifestyle and appearance, the rough-scaled sand boa it is in a class all its own. Being among the largest and most docile of the world’s sand boas, and a Russel’s viper look-alike (if you look quickly, or are startled!), this hardy snake a great favorite of many keepers.
These secretive snakes will not thrive if forced to shelter in caves; body contact with sand or a similar substrate is essential. I favor a mix of playground sand and aspen, but eco-earth, plain sand and other substrates have worked well for others. Ambient temperature: 78-85 F. Basking temperature: 90-92 F. As Rough-Scaled Sand Boas rarely bask on the surface, a heat pad should be placed below the aquarium. An incandescent bulb may be used to warm the air further if necessary.
These highly-specialized ambush predators explode from the sand to snatch mice moved about with a feeding tong…very impressive, and always a shock to the uninitiated! The jaws of the Indian Sand Boa are not well-suited to swallowing large meals, young mice are preferable to adults as a food source. Many individuals become stressed when removed from their subterranean hideaways, but some take short periods of gentle handling in stride. However, the smooth, glossy scales may render them difficult to control. Remember that sand boas have an ingrained feeding response that often causes them to strike if touched while buried, so take care when approaching your pet..
From findiviglio Jan 20 2016 10:27PM