This species occurs in the mountains of the southwestern Cape, South Africa, from the Cederberg in the northwest to the Outenique Mountains in the southeast. It ranges from sea level up to 1,600 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a fossorial species of fynbos heathland and mountain fynbos that also lives in pine plantations. It presumably breeds by direct development, and is not associated with water.
It is a reasonably common species. Its populations are not dense, but they are widespread.
It is to some extent impacted by alien plants that damage its habitat, but overall it is not seriously threatened.
It occurs in many protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern since, although its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it occurs in an area of extensive, suitable habitat which appears not to be significantly under threat and it has a presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Breviceps montanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T57715A3062218. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T57715A3062218.en .Downloaded on 24 February 2019