Unknown in the wild; Up to 20 years under human care
Females give birth to live young after 4 months
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Females are larger than males. Females reach lengths up to 32 in while males only reach 15 in
- Live in arid to semi-arid regions of East Africa – Egypt to south Tanzania, Southwest Somalia west to Kenya.
- Alternating orange and brown colors running down its back. The species is sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance.
- Not much is known about this species because it spends about 80 percent of its life buried in the sand.
- Rarely strikes or bites
- Head is shaped like shovel in order to burrow in the sand.