A large, beautifully coloured skink with a small, transparent window in each lower eyelid. The relatively long forelimbs and hind limbs overlap when pressed against the body. Colouration is varied, depending on its sex and age.
The female lays 6 - 10 eggs in summer. The young hatch after 61 - 62 days. It is possible that 2 clutches are laid per season, particularly in the northern populations.
Kwa-Zulu Natal, through the lowveld and Zimbabwe to Algeria and Senegal.