This species is known from the western flank of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in the departments of Cesar, Guajira and Magdalena, Colombia, from 1,100-2,600m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This arboreal species is found on dense vegetation and branches, and is active up to 1.5m above the ground. It is more common in the interior of forests than next to streams. Breeding is by direct development.
It is very common.
Cultivation and fumigation of crops, and the rearing of livestock, are major threats to this species' habitat. Other high-altitude, stream-breeding Eleutherodactylus species have undergone declines possibly due to chytridiomycosis, so this might be a potential future threat.
Its range includes Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a natural reserve area. Given the possible threat of chytridiomycosis this species should be monitored carefully.
Martha Patricia Ramírez Pinilla, Mariela Osorno-Muñoz, Jose Vicente Rueda, Adolfo Amézquita, María Cristina Ardila-Robayo 2004. Pristimantis sanctaemartae. In: IUCN 2014