This species is found on the lower central Mexican Plateau between 1000 and 2000 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species has close affinities to desert and shrublands. It presumably breeds in water.
This is a species that is not known very well. There are no studies of the population status of this species, but it has been collected in central Mexico where apparently healthy populations exist.
Conversion of land for agricultural purposes is the major threat to this species, as well as the proximity of its habitats to urbanized areas. Pollution constitutes another threat.
The species' range is within several protected areas such as Mapimí, Sierra Gorda and Barranca de Meztitlan Biosphere Reserves; Gogorron, Los Marmoles and La Malinche National Parks; and within several state reserves. Although, protection of the original ecological conditions is needed.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Anaxyrus compactilis. In: IUCN 2014