This lizard typically reaches a total length of about 28 cm, though larger specimens have been found.
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The body colour is bright green or, rarely, bluish green.
A red stripe extends from the nostril to the eye. On the back there are red coloured dots or bars.
These red markings are quite variable, and in some cases, completely absent, though the line extending from the nostril to the eye is always present.
Some specimens may have small blue spots.
Young individuals of the species often exhibit much more red than their parents, but as time passes, many of the markings fade, to leave those that will remain until the gecko dies.
The underside of these animals is a creamy white ranging to an eggy yellow. A stressed animal is more likely to have darker colouration, making it appear as though there are orange parts to the red colouration, and the green appears far darker.