Large, thick-bodied. Sluggish. Broad head covered in small scales. Tail very short. Body scales rough, appearing raised and keeled. Triangular head and narrow neck. Body yellow-brown to light brown with numerous dark, pale-edged chevrons. Belly pale with scattered blotches. Male brighter than female.
Sluggish, fast striking snake. Ambushes small mammals. Active at dusk. Up to 30 young born in late summer. May give deep warning hiss. Bites readily. Venom causes swelling and pain, occasionally death.
Throughout southern Africa.