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A moderately sized snake, usually less than 1000 mm in total length, but reaching up to 1,400 mm. The following is a description of the only known Egyptian specimen, a subadult female: total length 800 mm, tail 150 mm. 9/8 supralabials, 9/9 infralabials, fifth supralabial enters the eye, 224 ventrals, 96 subcaudals, 25 scale rows around mid-body, anal undivided. General color brownish with about 90 alternate dark and light marks along the entire dorsal side, coalescing into a narrow dark line above the tail; head grayish with a wide black nuchal band on nape (usually the nuchal band becomes reduced or disappears in adults; after 6 years in captivity this animal showed little change in color). Venter cream-colored, with regular dark blotches on the margin of approximately every third or fourth ventral.