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Talking Meet Albert....

My new rough scaled sand boa! I just bought him (not sure if he is actually a he) today a few hours ago at the reptile expo much to my surpirse since my Mother said I couldn't get anything and then changed her mind (she wanted me to get another gecko but nothing really caught my eye) and let me get a snake.


I spent the longest time just staring at different snakes trying to make up my mind about whether I wanted a sand boa or a tree python, but ended up with Albert the rough scaled sand boa. One of only two there. I originally wanted a kenyan sand boa but there was none there.


He is an August '09, so he is 8 months old feeding on prekilled pinkies even though he looks way to small for pinkies. I bought the smallest pinkies the mouse person had so we'll see if their to big in two days.


Here is Albert....


Only 19 grams and fit in the palm of my hand






He has such a cute face


















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Thanks ... he feels really cool.





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I've bred and still keep rough-scaleds, and newborns are capable of eating large pinks. You shouldn't have any problems.

They can be a little tough to probe because they're so small, but it's real easy to tell the difference between males and females as adults. The females get quite a bit larger.

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I've bred and still keep rough-scaleds, and newborns are capable of eating large pinks. You shouldn't have any problems.

They can be a little tough to probe because they're so small, but it's real easy to tell the difference between males and females as adults. The females get quite a bit larger.


Awesome someone who knows about them. There doesn't seem to be much information on the internet about them.



Lets hope that Albert is an Albert.... He really does look like an Albert.


Do you have any tips on caring for little Albert? Right now I have him in a faunarium, the flat kind with aspen. And a UTH.






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I'm not real fond of Faunariums for snakes, their snap-down lids tend to be not very secure, but that's pretty much it. They are very simple to care for. I've kept them on both aspen and sand. I prefer sand, but I don't think it really makes much difference as long as it's deep enough for them to burrow into. Make sure he has plenty of space to get away from the heat if he wants to. Mine actually don't spend much time on the heat at all, except when digesting a meal.

They'll spend most of their time hidden, and you can usually tell when they're hungry because they'll have their whole body hidden with just their head sticking out of the substrate. Don't be too surprised if he goes off feed for periods of time. Almost every one I've had will just randomly sometimes take a month or two off of eating. As long as he's not losing weight, it shouldn't be a problem.

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I'm not real fond of Faunariums for snakes, their snap-down lids tend to be not very secure, but that's pretty much it. They are very simple to care for. I've kept them on both aspen and sand. I prefer sand, but I don't think it really makes much difference as long as it's deep enough for them to burrow into. Make sure he has plenty of space to get away from the heat if he wants to. Mine actually don't spend much time on the heat at all, except when digesting a meal.

They'll spend most of their time hidden, and you can usually tell when they're hungry because they'll have their whole body hidden with just their head sticking out of the substrate. Don't be too surprised if he goes off feed for periods of time. Almost every one I've had will just randomly sometimes take a month or two off of eating. As long as he's not losing weight, it shouldn't be a problem.

Thanks . I don't think he is big enough or strong enough to get the top off. I am planning on using a modified storage tub once he gets bigger.


Off the few sources I have found each recommend a different substrate. If I can get some play sand I'll give it a try but for now I'll stick with the aspen.





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He looks cool! Congrats on the new addition.

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Thanks!


I tried feeding him yesterday but he wasn't interested so I'll try again in a few days. He did strike at me a few times yesterday when I was trying to put him back in his enclosure but he has a tiny mouth so he couldn't bite me.





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Just a picture I took yesterday while trying to feed him.


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This is also a size comparison, literally the smallest pinky ever and it still looks huge!!!





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WOW...I didn't realize the size difference until now!
What an itty bitty snake! That makes him even cuter!




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Here is a good size comparision video.... Canadian coins

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Wow, he's so tiny!! Did he eat yet?

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