IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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A small, slender snake. Largest Egyptian specimen has a total length of 530 mm (Holotype). Tail / total length = 0.25-0.26. Eight supralabials, fourth and fifth enter the eye, 184-194 ventrals, 91-100 subcaudals, 17 scale rows around mid-body, anal divided (based on 6 specimens). Dorsum light sandy, banded with 69-81 black crossbars (the first being at the interorbital region), which decrease in width posteriorly. A light-orange vertebral stripe extends from nape to tail tip (this might not be obvious in all individuals). Venter white; ventral side of tail yellowish.

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Source: Bibliotheca Alexandrina - EOL Ar

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