This species ranges from eastern Puebla and western Veracruz to Plaxcala, Estado de Mexico and Distrito Federal, Mexico. There is an isolated population in northern Hidalgo. Its altitudinal range is 2,500-3,200m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives at high elevations in pine and pine-oak forests. It is terrestrial, and can withstand only limited disturbance to its habitat. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.
It used to be the commonest salamander on the Mexican Plateau. It is still present, but is far less abundant, although not uncommon.
Its habitat is threatened by agriculture, forestry, and human settlement, as well as touristic activities within national parks.
It occurs in several protected areas, including Parque Nacional Cumbres del Ajusco, though many of these are in need of improved management for the benefit of biodiversity conservation. This species is listed as "Threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.
Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake 2004. Pseudoeurycea leprosa. In: IUCN 2013