IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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A medium to fairly large, relatively slender snake. Largest Egyptian specimen has a total length of 1,280 mm. Tail short, tail / total length = 0.12-0.15; nostril in a divided nasal; 7 supralabials, third and fourth enter the eye; eye rather small, iris dark; 178-210 ventrals, 39-53 subcaudals; anterior subcaudals entire, posterior paired (males have significantly more entire subcaudals than females [4-22 vs. 1-5]); dorsals smooth anteriorly, becoming increasingly keeled posteriorly, 23 scale rows around mid-body; anal divided. Dorsum black, plain. Venter paler, iridescent.


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