The dark-spotted frog is a relatively low-altitude species, not being found above 2200 meters. It ranges across a variety of habitats, from deserts and brushland to meadows and forests, and is typically found in or near stagnant or slow-moving water. Although relatively tolerant of human interference, it is increasingly threatened by hunting and water pollution.
Adults are 6-9 centimeters in length, the females somewhat larger than the males. Males have a single pair of vocal sacs. Mating season occurs from April to June. The eggs are deposited in quantities of 1800 to 3000, and are laid in shallow water.