Are Kenyan sand boas legal in California?

Are Kenyan sand boas legal in California?
Kenyan Sand Boa

Today, we’ve been hit with a new question. Are Kenyan sand boas legal in California ? In one of our early posts, we discussed the topic of whether Kenyan Sand Boas were poisonous. If you’re in California and looking to keep a Kenyan Sand Boa, then this is the perfect article for you.

Georgia, Idaho, Montana, Ohio, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia have laws that require a veterinary health certificate to be issued for live animals being shipped into the state (this excludes live feeders).  If you are located in one of these states, there is a $15 fee for the health certificate, which may change over time.

Little information is available on the threats to the Kenyan sand boa. However, in Egypt it is reported to be uncommon and localised, and is declining due to habitat destruction. It is not yet known how well this species can adapt to new habitats .

Another potential threat to the Kenyan sand boa is over-collection for the pet trade, because of its popularity as a pet overseas. This snake is the most commonly kept sand boa species in the United States, although large numbers are now bred in captivity.

California has some of the strictest laws in the nation on animal ownership. The list of animals that cannot be kept as pets is long and detailed and maintained by the California Department of Fish and Game. Some of the animals, such as the tiger, are exotic and no-nos for the obvious reasons, yet it’s not illegal to own them in other states.

Other banned California pets look cute and cuddly but they pose threats to native wildlife or to California crops if they’re released. Sometimes the reason an animal is listed is simply because they’re not domesticated and should be kept wild. So are Kenyan sand boas legal in California? You can have a look at the list of animals that are illegal to keep in California here. Note that the Kenyan sand boa belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Reptilia, Order Squamata, Family Boidae and Genus Gongylophis.

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