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Large heavily built lizard, maximum SVL recorded in Egypt 165 mm; tail relatively long, average tail/SVLratio = 1.5. Four supraoculars, 5 supralabials anterior to eye; 4-5 pairs of nuchals; ear with 3-4 prominent lobules, largely obscuring the tympanum. Dorsals slightly larger than ventrals, both larger than flank scales, 26-28 scales around mid-body. Dorsal coloration greenish gray interspersed with scattered orange scales, which can form indistinct transverse bands; an irregular orange line runs from the posterior supralabials along the flanks and onto the tail sides, separating the grayish dorsum from the yellow venter. Limbs brownish with orange spots. Juveniles with ocellated pattern.