Shovel-nosed frogs are all terrestrial burrowers (2). In contrast to most other burrowers, these frogs characteristically burrow head-first using their modified snouts (3). This underground lifestyle means that Perret’s snout-burrower may be a fairly common species, but is frequently unseen (4).
The breeding habits of the virtually unstudied Perret’s snout-burrower are unknown, but it is assumed that they are similar to those of other Hemisus species. To mate, the male presumably adopts a position called amplexus, in which the male clasps the female from behind (2). The female then deposits fertilised eggs in an underground burrow, close to water, which is carefully guarded. The female digs an escape tunnel from the burrow to the water, so that when the larvae hatch, they can move into the water to develop into free-swimming tadpoles (2) (4).