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A medium-sized, fairly slender snake. Largest Egyptian specimen has a total length of 837 mm. Tail short, tail / total length = 0.13-0.16; nostril in a partly divided nasal; loreal elongate, excluded from eye by a preocular; 9 supralabials, third, fourth, and fifth enter the eye; 240-269 ventrals, 57-66 paired sub-caudals, dorsals smooth, 21 scale rows around mid-body, anal entire (based on 4 Egyptian specimens). Dorsum pale reddish buff, usually with a series of faint large darker and lighter blotches along the mid-dorsal line, or plain; head notably reddish, with a short, dark, indistinct nuchal streak. Venter similar to dorsum, but paler and strongly iridescent.