This species occurs from Colorado and Kansas in the USA (Conant and Collins, 1991) to Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits arid and semiarid plains, valleys, and foothills in grasslands and desert shrublands. It burrows in soil or hides under rocks, in cracks in soil, or in rodent burrows when inactive. Eggs and larvae develop in the shallow water of temporary ponds, rain pools, and pools along intermittent streams.
This species is widespread and at least locally common.
No major threats are known for this species.
This species is found within the Mapimí Biosphere Reserve and Cuatro Cienegas Ecological Reserve in Mexico. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Geoffrey Hammerson, Georgina Santos-Barrera 2004. Anaxyrus debilis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54626A11177308. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T54626A11177308.en