I'm curious what got you into sand boas? Why did you choose sand boas over other snakes? Do you only keep sand boas or do you own other snakes too?
I went to a reptile show in Rochester,NY back in '91. I saw Mark Bell at that show with I believe het aneries or het albinos. Those were very pricey back then, I think either $1500 or $2500 a pair. I loved the lil faces of the normal babies Mark had. Bill Gaines also had a trio(1.2) of yearling normals at the show. They were all crammed in a 9inch deli container together so they looked huge! At the time I paid $350 for that trio !! I have been hooked ever since. Theres just something about those cute faces,no neck, and all the power of a big boa packed into those little bodies. I have kept many diff varieties of reptiles,amphibians,turtles,torts,lizards,geckos.. ............... but nothing has ever replaced the joy I get seeing,working with,and breeding kenyan sand boas. Its a love affair that has always been mine!
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I was strictly into Rosy boas and Rubber boa so I went to the local snake show here in Petalulama and the selection there for rosys and other snakes were not very good . So I ran into some guy Named Warren Treacher and he had sand boas and seemed pretty knowledgeable about them so I picked up an male anery het for albino and a couple of normals het for all kinds other stuff,
That turned into a crazy collection of stripers,aneryys,paradox albino and snow.normal snows and albinos and anerys. I am line breeding for solid color without the rufescens gene at all.
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When I finally convinced my hubby to let my son have a snake (Cali king) I began looking & saw a Ksb's then did research. I bought my 1st girl sight unseen. A local broker called me said he found some. Picked one out & bought her for me. Instantly fell in love. How can those little faces be denied? I love the size. I also have ball pythons & a red tail boa I bought on a whim...my son owns kings & milks
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I've been wanting a snake for a long time. And after many years of bugging my husband he finally caved in, lol. Or I think it was he seen how happy I was when I got to hold one at Pet Supermarket. I'm choosing to get a ksb because I like the size that they grow to, I heard their temperament is good, and their faces are too funny and different from other snakes, plus I love the anery colors
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For me, i really hadn't thought about Sand Boas at all during the first few years i actually owned my own animals. My father and i had started out going in together on a couple of Ball Pythons, one of which i still have to this day, my buddy Siegfried. This was back in the summer of 2004. Over the next year, i added my Brazilian Rainbow Boa, A Red Tail Boa, and A Tangerine Honduran Milk Snake. I still regret giving the last 2 up, they were gorgeous animals!
After deciding to give up those last 2, and keeping my collection at only 2 snakes, a few years later, i inherited my Grey Banded King from my father, and a few months after that, a family friend calls me up, and offers me his female Paradox Albino Sand Boa as a gift, as he was moving into a smaller apartment, and had to downsize his collection. I thought for a moment of saying no, but thankfully i didn't, and my first Sand Boa came into my life in the spring of 2008, and a few short months later, i had my first litter of babies
And 4 years later, Sand Boas have wormed their way into my heart as my absolute favorites!
I started with corns and ball pythons. I had never even really heard about KSBs at the time. But during my researching and joining forums and groups I began to run across KSBs. That was it. How could you not want to be around a snake that is just so darn cute! And they also stay small and are easy to handle. I was sold.
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My second snake was a normal het anery sand boa. Pretty much right away I decided that I needed to have more of this cool species and purchased a mate for my original one within a few months. Most of my collection is actually kingsnakes and milksnakes with sand boas being a close 3rd.
I would see them all the time at the reptile shows and thought they were awesome. After a couple of years, decided to get a couple more and then once I saw the adults I was sold. I just thought they were awesome! I also liked that they stay a manageable size.
I was actually working at petsmart when they got in a sand boa...a customer wanted to hold it...and since all the girls working there were afraid of snakes *rolls eyes* even though i was a cashier, i came over and pulled out the boa. As soon as i picked it up i knew it had to be mine! Was worried i'd have to talk the customer out of it *LOL*
It was just a kid and his uncle though and they weren't going to get him, so i got him the next day!
After that it was a female from Warren Treacher at the Pamona reptile show.
I'm just beginning!
I do have 14 other snakes, though. 2.0 western hognose (working out getting a female one, to breed some day) 1.1 red sided garters, 4.1 ball pythons, 1.1 dumeril's boas (a pair to breed some day), 0.1 bolivian boa, 1.0 corn snake, 0.1 carpet python.
We started out with a female ball python...then i went snake crazy, and plan to stay that way : )
Sand boas and hognoses are my top favs though!
31 snakes, 1 cave spider, 3 emperor scorpions, 1 tokay gecko, 19 tarantulas, 2 dogs, 1 african bullfrog, 1 pigeon, 1 rat, 2,000 dubia roaches, & tons of fish..
Impulse buy at the NARBC show awhile back and I dont regret it at all. He is the sire to my fresh group of babies.
I work at a animal shelter and we have a satellite location in a Petsmart, well they had a KSB who lived her whole life in stores. I had been consdering keeping a KSB for awhile and decided to get her for a great deal. 3 months or so later I have 3 others.
I first found out about sand boas from watching a special on tv, and then I went online looking up tons of information. I had wanted them from then on, but it was almost two years after finding out about them when I actually met one in real life. A friend had just gotten one, and I finally had gotten the opportunity to hold one. The funny thing is I'm terrified of snakes, with a huge phobia. But I opened the container and went right in for that anery male. And held him with no fear, and I knew right there that this was the snake for me. And about 4 months after I got my first two sand boas from Mark.
The second snake I ever purchased, back in 2005 or so I think, was a female KSB. I still have her, she's a 750g+ big momma now, and has produced a number of litters for me. I've always found the erycines fascinating- the look of a boid in a more manageable size, plus I find their adaptations for a more fossorial lifestyle to be really fascinating.
I'm a big animal husbandry nerd, and since the first snakes I ever reproduced were Kenyans, I was hooked!
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I don't own a sand boa *yet* but they have definitely captured my interest Funnily enough, what got me into them was pictures of them on my facebook page via Repticon/SandBoaMorphs. I would just see photos of them as I perused my fb wall and decided to look them up elsewhere and they were so frickin' cute how could I not want one!
Thinking back on it, at the reptile show I went to in February I walked past a table where a vendor had a little anery KSB out on the table but I glanced at it, though "huh, cute" and continued on my search (for a cornsnake). Thinking back, I wish I would've stopped and actually LOOKED at the little snakie.
I have ALWAYS wanted a rubber boa, but as they are a little more difficult to obtain (captive bred preferred), a sand boa seems like a suitable option
Owned by 1.1 Sharpei/lab (Harrison and Lucy), 1.0 Pitbull (Brach Samson), 2.0 Kitties (Bullseye and Floyd), 0.1 Snow Stripe Cornsnake (Kiyohime), 1.0 Lavender Cornsnake (Omnom), 1.1 Bearded Dragons (Sid and Nancy), 0.1 Rubber Boa (Mimizu)
~*~*~*~Sand Boas are like potatoe chips.You can't just have one.~*~*~*~
I collected my first snake when I was 13 it was a rubber boa that crawled through our campsite. It was the first snake that started this addiction. It was also the first snake that I successfully bred. My uncle is a herpetologist and started taking me out in the field when I was about 10 and taking me to help club meetings. I then acquired a few pairs of rosy boas and then got into pythons etc. I also kept about everything under the sun. It wasn't until about 15 years ago I purchased a kenyan at a local reptile show as a baby. I still have her she is around 800 grams I have never bred her, never will she is a family pet. I recently reduced my collection down to about 75 snakes mostly all sand boas, several pairs of rubber, and rosys and two pairs of alterna. I have kept and bred everything from shovelnose to burmese pythons and nothing excites me more than to open a tub and have a litter of sand worms crawling around....sorry for the long story.
I had been over at the persons house babysiting. They had five snakes. They where rarely handled, and they all scared me but the Kenyan.I felt sorry for the little guy. I didn't know much about snakes at that point, but I knew that he had been in the same sand too long (Over two months). I offered to buy him and I took him home that day. Not only is he small, they where feeding him wrong. I don't know how old he is, I'm thinking about a year... Hes 9 inches long and still thin. But after him, I just fell in love with the Kenyans.
Well, my story is different...
I came from Peru last year, Peru have verry strict laws about snakes, so is illigal to have one at home ( is an animal protections law)
My hubby is the Chicago Herpetological Society president and also had a lot of differents snakes at home... so one day CHS got some sand boas from people who cant take care of them, so i talk with my hubby who never had any sand boa before and i adopt 3 beautiful girls ( normals ) and 1 handsome guy ( anery )
This year i got my first 2 litters and i am waiting for 1 more....
Now i add 1 stripe, 1 peper stripe and also we rescue another normal ksb....
my friend brian also known as krenshaw22 got me in to it i really loves his snow it was the first snake ive ever held i hated snakes before then and when went back to B&B pet stop and i found that anery and fell in love and i love it sooo...much
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