Nocturnal and terrestrial.
A small- or medium-sized, fairly slend snake, reaching up to 640 mm in total length, but usually smaller. Has all the characters of the genus outlined above. Tail / total length = 0.08-0.17. Eight supralabials, third and fourth enter the eye, 163-200 ventrals, 36-42 subcaudals, 17 scale rows around mid-body; anal undivided; subcaudals paired. Dorsum light-brown to black, uniform. Venter whitish.
The occurrence of this species in Egypt hinges on a single specimen, which is said to have been collected from Fayoum in 1904 (Flower 1923, 1933). The species has not been reported before or since from the country. Since other snakes considered to be African relicts also occur in the Fayoum Depression, such as Dasypeltis scabra and Echis pyramidum, it is not unlikely that a small population of L. capense exists (or at least existed until early last century) in the region.
Sub-Saharan Africa, north into Egypt, and possibly south-west Arabia.
A species of grasslands and savannah, preferring damp situations.