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Which would be more important, deeper substrate or a pair of caves (one on the hot side and one on the warm)?

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You are going to want both ideally. The deep substrate is good for burrowing (which they will do) but not deep enough to cut down on the heat. I would say at least 1 hide and deeper substrate is probably fine but two hides are good for most terrestrial snakes. According to the care sheet sand boas also destroy their environment so dont get a ton of stuff in there and also dont get heavy hides for when they burrow so it doesn't injure themselves

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  • link to the care sheet is here – Ian Mar 24 '16 at 20:51
  • and to answer your question, At least 1 hide is more important than substrate because they snake will push up substrate to burrow no matter how much you have – Ian Mar 24 '16 at 20:52
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    I'm going to go ahead and mark your answer accepted. I've since learned you are right and have two hides and deep substrate. Thanks, I had forgotten this one. – CGCampbell Mar 24 '16 at 21:48

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