|Diagnosis||Deascription: Eye large, its diameter greater than its distance from the mouth; internasals about half as long as the prefrontals, the latter touching the eye; frontal longer than its distance from the end of the snout, shorter than the parietals; loreal in broad contact with the eye; no preocular; a subocular touching the loreal and separating the anterior labials from the eye, sometimes touching the postocular; 2 postoculars, the lower elongated and extending below the eye; temporals 2+2 or 2+3; 6 or 7 supralabials, last longest, 3rd and 4th, or 4th only, touching the eye, rarely excluded by the suboculars. Scales smooth, the vertebral series enlarged. V. males 180-196, females 177-195; C. males 79-87, females 69-80. (Smith 1943: 118)|
Hemipenis extending to the 15th caudal plate, deeply forked; except for a small area near the bifurcation the organ is calyculate, the calyces being smalI, increasing slightly in size as they near the bifurcation and having a lightly scalloped edges; for a ahort distance at the proximal end of the calyculate area the calyces are replaced by folds. (Smith 1943: 119)
Coloration: Brown above with vertical blackish bars on the sides, or extending across the back; a black line above the eye to the nape, and another from behind the eye to the angle of the mouth; top of head more or less thickly spotted with
black; yellowish below, with brown. (Smith 1943: 120)
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