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These lizards are 16-28 cm (6.5-11 in) in length with a long tail that is about three times the length of the body length. Above is brown or green/brown with seven light stripes that run from head to hips. Some individuals have light colored spots on the sides between stripes. The tail is pinkish. Males have a red throat, blue belly, and black/blue on the chest. Females have a pink throat and white below.
Usually found in semi-arid areas but near water.