Project Description

Kenyan Sand Boa

Gongylophis colubrinus

Animal Class: Reptile

Length: 1-3 feet long

Weight: Around 2 pounds

Lifespan: 15-20 years

Diet: Small mammals, lizards, and birds.

Habitat: Semi-desert, scrub savannahs, and sandy soil in Northern and Eastern Africa.

Description: Kenyan sand boas are named for their hunting behavior of burrowing under the sand to wait for prey. Their mouth and eyes are adapted for this unique behavior, and their tails have keeled scales to help improve traction. As with other boas, they’re a constrictor snake and may also pull their small prey under the sand to kill it.

Our Animals: Sandy