Size: Up to 82 mm SVL*. Males are larger and bulkier than females. The head of this gecko is large and blends into the shape of the body with neck barely visible. The iris of the eye is metallic yellow to greenish. The body is gray-brown with darker mottling and a banded tail. Toe pads are expanded. Juveniles look totally different from the adults. They are extremely thin with contrasting light and dark bands from head to tail, with darker bands on the tail culminating in a totally white tail tip. It is possible predators may focus on the white tail tip, which would break off, thereby allowing the juvenile to escape.
Each adult female lays a single egg but several eggs may be found together indicating communal nesting. As with other geckos, the eggs take a very long time to hatch.
The Wood Slave has an unexpectedly loud vocalization in the form of an extended croak that echoes through the forest. It is crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) and eats insects. It lives in trees, particularly fig trees (Ficus sp.). During the day it will find shady spots, sometimes in cavities and has even been found in carports or covered decks.