This species is widespread in India and Sri Lanka. It is generally present from sea level to 300m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This terrestrial species inhabits a number of habitat types including wet evergreen tropical forest, tropical dry forest, dry scrubland, grassland, coastal marshes and rural farmland areas. Adults are generally found under ground cover, or during the breeding season they are found in grasslands close to waterbodies. Larvae are aquatic and occur in stagnant waters.
It is a common species. Populations of this toad are generally considered to be decreasing over parts of its range (Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats in India).
Deforestation for commercial purposes, pollution of land and waterbodies with agrochemicals and the loss of suitable habitat to urbanization are major threats to this species.
It is found in many protected areas in India and Sri Lanka.
Sushil Dutta, Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi 2004. Duttaphrynus scaber. In: IUCN 2014