hey guys Josh here and in this video I'll be showing you how to set up a basic Kenyan sand boa terrarium well go through the setup step-by-step and I'll provide the links to the products I used first let's talk about the size of the enclosure we'll need Kenyan sand boas are small boas with females reaching a little more than two feet in length and males being smaller for this setup I'll be using a ten gallon aquarium as I'm planning to house a male now although this is a burrowing snake it's important that a secure latest use so that our little Houdini doesn't escape so I'll be using a screen cover and screen locking clips now we have our house and security complete the next step is temperature control Kenyan Sam Boas are found in Sandy savanna areas of Kenya and adjacent African countries with the average temperature in Kenya being between 72 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit in our terrarium it would be safe to have the hot side between 85 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the cool side between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit to closely mimic their natural habitat to achieve this heat gradient across the terrarium we'll be using and under the tank heater to provide belly since snakes absorb heat very easily through their bellies I'm going to install it on the left side of the terrarium this will be our hot side and we'll provide heat all day and night to make sure our minimum temperature never dips below 72 degrees Fahrenheit although Kenyan Sam Boas are not a basking species it's not a bad idea to have an over the terrarium light source having a lamp above the terrarium on a timer will establish the natural day and night cycle that we're all subject to for this I'll be using the zoom ed combo deep dome lamp fixture and use an EXO Rapti globe 2.0 13 watt bulb now as you can see this fixture has room for another bulb and I plan to use it for the other bulb I'm going to use as a zoom ed infrared 50 watt heat lamp but one big difference is that this bulb will be to the zoo Med rep D temp digital thermostat I'm doing this to ensure that we are reaching our desired temperature just in case the under the tank heater is not enough to ensure that a thermostat is working properly and that we're reaching our desired temperature I'll be installing a thermometer a simple thermometer is inexpensive and it's an excellent safeguard now remember these are general temperature guidelines for you to follow and your own setup might vary a little bit depending on the size of the terrarium you decide to use and other factors such as your rooms temperature so now that we have our heating and lighting checked off let's talk about substrates first we need to understand Canyon sand boa behavior it burrows and it's an ambush predator with these two clues and with a name like the Kenyan sand boa one would think that sand is your best choice nope although sand can be used it does come with notable risk including impaction now you can still use sand but to reduce the risk of impaction it's important that you feed your Kenyan sand boa in a separate container but why risk it at all instead choices like zilla's lizard litter zoo Med rep t chips and even zoom its eco earth are great substrate choices that encourage natural burrowing behavior and have a much lower risk of impaction for my setup I'll be using zoom edge rep t chips it's super absorbent and very easy to clean so we have our house our security our temperature control and lighting and our substrate so what's next on our list our water source although we have many options to choose from I'm choosing zoom at small corner water dish the corner design will allow me to use less base as a terrarium is small it's important to ensure that your snake has fresh water available every day lastly let's furnish our setup with hides and decorations in this step there is no right or wrong you are your own artist and your terrarium is your canvas have fun with it because my little guy will be burrowing and hidden most of the time I'm gonna keep my decorations to a minimum I hope you guys liked this video and if you did hit the like button share it with a friend subscribe and as always keep on tanking so to achieve the heated grade so did so to achieve the heat gradient in the
First let’s talk about the size of enclosure we will need:
Kenyan Sand Boas are a small boas, with females reaching a little more then 2 feet in length and males being smaller.
For this setup, I will be using a 10 Gallon Aquarium as I’m planning to house a male.
Now although this is a burrowing snake it is important that a secure lid is used. So to ensure our little Houdini doesn’t escape.
To secure our enclosure I will be using a screen cover and screen locking clips.
Now we have our house, and the security complete, the next step is temperature control. Kenyan Sand Boas are found in sandy savannah areas of Kenya and adjacent African countries. With the average temperature in Kenya being between 72 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It would be safe to have the hot side around 85-90 Fahrenheit and the cool side around 75-80 Fahrenheit.
To achieve this and to create a heat gradient we will use an under the tank heater to provide belly heat since snakes absorb heat easily through their bellies. I’m going to install it on the left side of the
terrarium, this will be our hot side and will provide heat all day and night to make sure our minimum temp never dips below 72.
Although Kenyan Sand boas are not a basking species it is not a bad idea to have an over the terrarium light source. Having a lamp above the terrarium on a timer will establish the natural day and night cycle
that we are all subject to. For this I will be using the ZooMed Combo Deep Dome Lamp Fixture and use an EXO Repti Glo 2.0 13 W bulb.
For the other bulb I am going to use the ZooMed Infrared 50W Heat Lamp, but one big difference is that this bulb will be connected to the ZooMed ReptiTemp Digital Thermostat. I am doing this to ensure that we are reaching our desired temperature, just in case the UTH is not enough.
To ensure that our thermostat is working correctly and we are reaching our desired temperature we will install a thermometer.
Now remember these are general guidelines for you to follow and your own setup might vary a little bit depending on the size of the terrarium you decide to use and other factors such as your room’s
Let’s talk substrates:
First we need to understand Kenyan Sand Boa behaviour. It burrows and it is an ambush predator.
Items like Zilla’s Lizard Litter, ZooMed Aspen Snake Bedding, and even ZooMed’s EcoEarth are great substrates choices that encourage natural burrowing behaviour and have a much lower risk of
impaction. For my set up I will be using ZooMed’s Aspen Snake Bedding.
So what’s next? A water source.
Although we have many options to choose from, I am choosing ZooMed’s Corner Water Dish small. The corner design will allow me to use less space as the terrarium is small. It is important to ensure that
your snake has fresh water available every day.
Lastly let’s furnish our setup with hides and decorations.
This step there is no right or wrong, you are your own artist and your terrarium is your canvas. Have fun with it!
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