Taxonomically it can be identified easily by checking combination of 15 mid body rows and long midline contact of parietal scales which are very less in its closest sister species Captain's Wood Snake (X. captaini).
Short, cylindrical and somewhat robust body covered with subequal and smooth scales. Color glossy brown with three longitudinal stripes or series of dots, darker than dorsal ground color running on the top dorsal region. One more dark stripe also runs on side dorsal near to belly.
Belly dark brown which is as broad as bradth of ventral scales. Subcaudal scales paired in zig-zag manner.
Head short with pointed snout and not broader than neck. Color entirely glossy dark brown or similar to dorsal ground color. A thick yellow collar present with is usually disconnected on top. Some indistinct yellowish patches may also present on the top shields. Small eyes have rounded or oval pupil but overall appears entirely black.
Short and thick tail ends with a thick tip. Color similar to dorsal body and have stripes in faint form.