Mostly bright green, but can be dull green to brown or gray. May be tinted gold or orange. With dark cross bands on body and tail, set off by whitish streaks. Banding may be scalloped and interrupted to form a sort of “carpet pattern”. Cross bands are arkest over vertebral column and get darker with age. Tinge of blue on head and neck. Green dewlap. Often temporarily become grayish or bluish-green. Underside light gray to dirty white.
- Can change color. In captivity, changes from darker to lighter in response to temperature.
- Adults can run bipedally on land. Juveniles can run on land and over water.