IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Small to medium-sized lizard, largest Egyptian specimen has a SVL of 116 mm. Body narrow and elongate, tail shorter than body and not much thinner, average tail/SVL ratio = 0.8. Usually 24-26 scales around mid-body. Limbs reduced, 5 very small digits present on all limbs. Snout wedge-shaped with sharp anterior edge, 3 supralabials anterior to eye (fourth enters eye); postnasals and a single median supranasal present; ear opening very close to gape angle, completely obscured by flap-like scales. Eye small, lower eyelids with translucent disc. Dorsal coloration plain sandy, often withnumerous (about 10) faint, dark longitudinal stripes, which are most obvious on the sacral area and the tail. A short black stripe extends from the nostril to the temporal region, supralabials white. Venter white.

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