Tomato frogs breed in February to March following heavy rainfall; the sounds of males calling to attract females can be heard around small water bodies in the dark Malagasy night (2). Following copulation, females will lay a clutch of 1,000 to 15,000 eggs on the surface of the water (2). Tadpoles hatch from these small black and white eggs about 36 hours later (2); they are only around six millimetres long and feed by filter-feeding (5). Tadpoles undergo metamorphosis into yellow juveniles and this stage is completed around 45 days after the eggs were laid (2).
Ambushing potential prey, adult tomato frogs feed on small invertebrates (5). When threatened, these frogs can inflate themselves, giving the appearance of greater size (7).