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Vulnerable (VU)

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Medium-sized lizard, largest Egyptian specimen with a SVL of 123 mm; average tail/SVL ratio=1.3. Body and head relatively depressed. Gular pouch well developed, particularly in males. Dorsal scales medium-sized, uniform (often with some slightly larger scales on the back) imbricate and keeled, larger than ventrals; ventrals keeled. Basic dorsal color sandy with brown transverse bands, two in the interorbitals area, 5 on the back. A longitudinal mid-dorsal yellowish stripe and several whitish dashes interrupt the transverse bands. Tail barred. Venter white. In adult males dorsal pattern becomes very inconspicuous, and in nuptial condition they have the throat bright blue, and the flanks washed a violet blue, with small white spots. Dorsal bands on breeding and gravid females become brick red or very dark reddish brown. Juveniles are sandy with a strong dorsal pattern.

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