Sandaconda have an immense appetite for soil, and can digest many types other than the sand of their native home; it all becomes sand inside their bodies anyway. Farmers have long used these pokemon to turn over their fields before planting; prospectors, should they find minerals underground, employ Sandaconda to excavate mines. Their long, narrow bodies are perfect for digging power lines, at least in places where the ground is not covered in concrete, and their coiled shape has often been compared to a drill. Legends even tell of Sandaconda digging the channel which separates Galar and Kalos; alas, any real Sandaconda to attempt such a feat would soon be swept away by the raging tides.

Although these pokemon are immensely useful to all manner of human activities in Galar, there are concerns that they will eventually lead to trouble. Sandaconda eat soil, but do not replace it, and only a small portion of the sand stored within their bodies is ever actually used in battle. Upon these pokemon's deaths, vast piles of sand exit the corpse, leaving a miniature desert where a pokemon once lived. The common practice of dumping the sand on beaches has led to far more beach, and far less coastal land of any other type, leading to concerns about the development of a coastal desert. And this is under ordinary circumstances: desertification is far more sudden wherever a Gigantamax Sandaconda rages.

Human population growth has not swelled Sandaconda's numbers quite the way it has species like Pidove and Pikachu, and urbanization, for all its environmental issues, has if anything reduced demand for these pokemon. However, the Galar Department of Conservation continues to closely monitor Sandaconda in conjunction with soil quality, and exports of these pokemon to North Africa led to a local environmental disaster.