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A rather short, thick snake; largest Egyptian specimen has a total length of 770 mm. Tail relatively short; average tail / total length = 0.09; tail terminating with a conical scale. Head covered with small scales, 11-13 scales across the interorbital region, 12-15 scales around the eyes, 12-14 supralabials. Dorsals smooth on the anterior portion of the body, becoming increasingly keeled toward the tail; 47-53 scales around mid-body; 171-197 ventrals; anal and subcaudals 19-28, entire. Dorsum sandy, with large, irregularly shaped, dark-brown blotches; venter plain, yellowish.