This species is known from California, Nevada, central Utah, Colorado, and southwestern Kansas in the USA, south to southern Baja California and central Mexico, and to the state of Querétaro. It occurs at elevations up to about 1,980m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits rocky canyons and gullies in deserts, grasslands, and dry woodlands. It hides under rocks, in rock crevices, or underground when inactive. Eggs and larvae develop in shallow water in temporary rain pools, spring-fed pools, and pools along intermittent streams.
It is widespread and common.
There are no major threats to this species.
This species occurs in several protected areas throughout its range.
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 to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Geoffrey Hammerson, Georgina Santos-Barrera 2010. Anaxyrus punctatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T54739A11197415. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-2.RLTS.T54739A11197415.en