Can be identified by checking light and dark stripes on dorsal body. In this species the topmost stripe is found to be darker and broader than adjacent stripes. This helps in differentiating it from Leith's Sand Snake (Psammophis leithii) which bears light and narrower stripe on top.
Average length- 80cm.
Maximum length- 107.5cm.
Body thin, long, slender and covered with subequal smooth scales. Ground color pale brown or light olive with three black edged stripes running transversely along the dorsal body. Top stripe broadest and of dark color which is guarded by light brown and narrower stripes.
Belly yellowish-white or yellowish-green and can be seen from side view of snake. Ventral scales with blackish color rounded edge.
Head elongated, covered with smooth scales and broader than neck. Snout pointed, tapered over lower jaw. Distinct ridge found between the top and side of head. Snout usually have a median black margined light brown streak on snout. Dorsal stripes starts from snout which are best visible in juveniles and almost patternless in adults. The top dark stripe of dorsal starts from the top of the head in forked form by leaving a short median streak, they unites on the posterior of head and continues as a broad stripe of dorsal. Upper lip white with dark brown blotches on each supralabial in juvenile stage while plain yellowish or marked lightly in adults. Large eyes with rounded pupil.
Long, slender and very thin tail having dorsal stripes in less prominent form.