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A medium to large, slender snake. Largest Egyptian specimen has a total length of 1,480 mm. Tail long, tail / total length = 0.31-0.34; nostril in a divided nasal; loreal elongate, same length as nasals; 9 supralabials, usually fifth and sixth enter the eye, 10-12 infralabials; 163-179 ventrals, 109-121 paired subcaudals, dorsals smooth, 17 scale rows around mid-body, anal divided. Dorsum light sandy-gray; variably striped with dark stripes; a dark stripe extends from snout to beyond the temporal area, some dark marbling on top of head shields. Venter white or yellowish with variable dark longitudinal stripes.