Possibly the greatest photo of an Arabian sand boa, Eryx jayakari, ever taken.
thegirlwiththesithtattoo asked: I just got a baby sand boa. she's not aggressive or snappy, but seems anxious about being handled. any advice on how to work her into being more at ease when I handle her? I always grab her from underneath and around her belly so she won't think I'm a predator.
Hi there, sorry for the late reply, I’m busy getting ready for PAX East!
Baby sand boas are often very snappy, or ‘flippy’, as I like to call it. It’s often something they get better about as subadults and adults.
I personally don’t handle my snakes a lot- since I breed them, I try to limit their stress as much as possible, and I feel that even when conditioned to handling, there’s always some stress involved with handling snakes.
That being said- semi-regularly (2-3x/week**) handling your sand boa for a short time should help, but I don’t know that a baby will ever get over snippyness until they get bigger.
Maybe some of the other readers will have suggestions for you!
** If your snake is being picky about eating, stop all unnecessary handling until feeding is regular.
My new baby sand boa 😍🐍
How are snakes not cute.
Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)- San Mateo County, CA
dont tell andrew… *heavy breathing* but looking into snake trade. Want this little snake sausage so badly!