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Old 06-21-17, 11:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thoughts on a sand boa

I've been casually thinking about getting a sand boa again. I used to have one a long time ago before life hit a snag. They do have a certain soft spot in my heart.
I guess I should start with the why. I found the cutest little baby and he or she did really well when I handled. Big mistake I kind of fell for it. Didn't get it because I didn't have the spare funds since my horse decided to eat me out of house and home with extra bills in May. I was told his morph goes fast, which ok yay that saves me from myself. But a month later he's still there of course and I'm still interested but it's again not a good month for me to buy him. So July might be if he's still there. If not no big deal.
Now I've been looking around researching about sand boas again. My sand boa was about half grown when I got her so I'm uncertain how to set up a baby. I've got a rough idea of the how. How does everyone like setting up their babies?

I figure if he's not there I'll look at the expo in October for one if I find something. I guess a good thing about my waffling is I won't impulse buy an animal haha
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Old 06-21-17, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Thoughts on a sand boa

Hey there! I can definitely help you. I haven't had a baby sand boa in a while and it's been too long for me to have saved pictures of the setup, but they're basically like my adult enclosures but down sized. What I would do is get a ten gallon, fill it up with 4-6 inches of your choice substrate (something that holds a burrow preferably. I use dry eco earth but aspen shavings also worked), and stick a che on top. My hot spot is usually around 94-96 F and the ambient temperature is about 78-80. On top of the substrate, you don't need traditional hides but you want a lot of ground cover. I use hanging vines and cork flats effectively, although they're not shy about using the water bowls either. I'd advise against putting anything heavy in the enclosure unless it's secured in place and flush with the bottom since the heavier the object is, the more eager they tend to be about burrowing underneath it. They're really not difficult to maintain and can be rewarding specimens. Here's a picture of one of my adult setups:

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Old 06-21-17, 01:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Thoughts on a sand boa

Thank you yeah my sand boa was super easy to care for but was a good size when I got her. The one guy I was looking at was tiny. So I just wanted to see what was still suggested for these guys. I think I used a uth last time. But that looks close to how I had her setup. I wasn't sure if they were like hognoses and the house snakes were you start the babies in small tanks
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Re: Thoughts on a sand boa

You can. Set it up similar to this and you shouldn't have a problem. Only problem is that you might have a difficult time locating it, but because sand boas are fossorial you don't typically see them suffering from a cage that's too big (although personally I belong to the school of thought that there's no such thing as too big a cage, but too few of hides). I just didn't like the uth because they did nothing for ambient temperatures and the snakes really only stuck to the area directly above the heating pad. Now they use the entire enclosure.
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Old 06-21-17, 03:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok with a Che it'll be easier to heat something a little bigger. Yeah of the two snakes I mentioned both are recommended in smaller tanks to start with. Thor is in a 5.5 at the moment which I think he's going to outgrow soon. Ambient temp during the summer isn't a big issue. With my air on my apartment it stays at 78. My apartment cooks if I don't and I have to keep it somewhat cool for the rabbit. Winter is when it gets below 70.
I think I remember my sand boa using all of the tank with a uth but it's been a while. I'm kind of excited about the thought of having another.
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