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Medium-sized lizard, largest Egyptian specimen with a SVL of 135 mm. Occipital flap present, moderately developed; casque high. Body scales moderately small (larger than in C. africanus), granular, slightly heterogeneous. Limbs rather short (shorter than in C. africanus); no tarsal spurs present. Basic color greenish or gray with two lateral whitish bands, small dark spots and a ventral white line from throat to vent. Color highly variable according to season and disposition. Breeding males are usually green, but in arid regions animals are usually grayish.