Can grow to 85 cm long with a body that can reach up to 5 cm wide. Adults can, however, be much smaller, growing to only half that size. Of their total length, only 6% is tail. Like other wormlizards, their scales form rings around the body and give the animal an earthworm-like appearance. The scales on their back are small and square. They have a rounded head with one large tooth and six smaller ones in the front of the upper jaw.