This is a snake with a wide head, totally covered in scales. The colour of this species is light brown on its back, with dark transverse stripes, bordered with black. The top part of its tail has a light stripe between two black bands. On the lower part it has dark brown patches and dots. It is a snake of principally terrestrial habits, although it does tend to immerse itself in the water to hunt.
Like all constrictors, it attacks the head with its powerful serrated teeth and, then, it coils around its victim until it asphyxiates it, coiling tighter every time its prey takes a breath.