Body short, stout. Scales strongly keeled, rough in appearance. Head distinctly broader than neck; Light, dark brown, brick-red, gray or sand colored with zigzag patterns on back Top of head has usually distinct, arrow-head mark.
Mainly nocturnal, will bask in the morning sun. found in open sandy or rock terrain in the plains and hills, and also in open, rocky regions of heavy rainfall. rests under rocks, behind bark, at the base of thorny plants during the day climbs well. Frequents warm roads or paths at night. Feeds on mice, lizards, frogs, scorpions, and insects.