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Species page for: Calabar Sand boa( Calabaria reinhardtii)


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A brief snippet about Calabar Sand Boa( Calabaria reinhardtii)

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Natural Habitat
Calabar Sandboa( Calabaria reinhardti) - VPI fact

Reptiles Magazine - Guildelines

The Calabar burrowing python (Charina [Calabaria] reinhardtii) or "boa," as perhaps it should now be called, is a commonly encountered species in tropical rain forest and cultivated areas in western Africa. Known for its habit of rolling into a defensive ball, this inoffensive burrowing species is believed to cause young women to become pregnant, according to a Cameroon myth (Lawson, 1993

Captive Care
Calabar Boa - Care by Petclub

Calabar Boas; formerly known as Calabar Pythons are one of three species of egg laying boas. They are a small, extremely friendly species of snake that take well to captivity. They feed readily on defrost rodents and are excellent beginner snakes. Calabar Boas are a burrowing species, and rarely come above ground during daylight hours. However, they can be highly active at night, and under a red night lamp can be a very interesting species to watch. Adults rarely exceed 90cm in length, although they are usually around 60cm.

Calabar Ground Python Care Sheet - Snakes n Adders

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More Info.
African Burrowing "Python" (Calabaria reinhardtii)

Introduction Calabaria are unusual snakes. They are much more remniscent of a large Blind Snake (e.g. Typhlops, Leptotyphlops , etc.) than a boid. Although this species has been associated with the Erycines since its description (it was actually described as a member of the genus Eryx by Schlegel in 1851), they are different from all other Erycines in that they are oviparous (= egg laying). Because many of the characteristics they share with the Erycinae could be a result of sharing a fossorial (burrowing) lifestyle, their relationship to the Erycines (and boids in general) remains open for debate.

EMBL Database - Calabaria

Sand Boa Page - Taxonomic decisions


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