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Old 01-22-18, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mice sizes for KSB?

In the next month, I will be buying a Kenyan Sand Boa, my first snake, although not first reptile. Everything will be prepared within the next week or two, but I'm a little confused on what size mice I should buy. I most likely will be getting a baby, but I don't know how much of each size I should be buying. How fast will they grow? I don't particularly care whether or not I get a male or female. I will be the buying the mice at a reptile show, but I will probably buy them from an online source (any recommendations?). I know that there's a chart around for Ball Pythons, but anything for a sand boa? Thanks.
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Old 01-23-18, 10:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Mice sizes for KSB?

You can start by feeding frozen thawed pinky mice every 5-6 days.

Feeding times: For a yearling, every 7 days is fine. For an adult, they can be fed every 10 days.

What to do: Buy frozen pinky mice at a reptile expo, or show, if it comes to a point where your snake is too large for pinky mice, feed two, perhaps even 3. A baby sand boa will eat as much as you will give it, so it is important to not overfeed. Feed a prey item that is as big, as the biggest part of the snake. It should leave no bulge, to a slight bulge.
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Re: Mice sizes for KSB?

Thanks! I know there are various mouse sizes- do you know a general approximate for how long it will take to need to move up each size, or does that vary from snake to snake?
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Re: Mice sizes for KSB?

It varies from snake to snake, but I am guessing maybe around a month or two.
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Re: Mice sizes for KSB?

Sand boa babies will go past a year on pinkies and eat very rarely... once every 10-14 days, perhaps, and usually they stop feeding from Dec to Feb/Mar... they grow slow, very slow.

Females will eat more than males (and grow faster and bigger). Males eventually will need food every 2-3 weeks once adult and may still skip meals. Females feed every 2 weeks or so. They prefer smaller prey more often than bigger less often.
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Sand boa babies will go past a year on pinkies and eat very rarely... once every 10-14 days, perhaps, and usually they stop feeding from Dec to Feb/Mar... they grow slow, very slow.

Females will eat more than males (and grow faster and bigger). Males eventually will need food every 2-3 weeks once adult and may still skip meals. Females feed every 2 weeks or so. They prefer smaller prey more often than bigger less often.
Interesting, thanks for correcting my mistake
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