A moderate-sized rotund and short-legged frog with a high, rounded snout and prominent eyes. The back is brilliant gold or bright yellow with irregular patches of brown. The toes are extensively webbed and the inner metatarsal tubercle sharply keeled. Maximum length is about 5 cm.
An "explosive" summer breeder - males and females gather in large numbers at breeding pools after summer thunderstorms. As with many arid-adapted frogs, breeding may be confined to just a few big rain events each year.
The call is a short repetitive tapping; hence the name "shoemaker frog".
Eggs are laid in static water in clay pans.
The larval stage takes about 40 days.
The name sutor refers to cobbler or shoemaker.