This species is present throughout much of the Western Ghats, and also in the Eastern Ghats of India. Reports from northeastern India need verification and are not included here. It has a wide altitudinal range being found from sea level to 1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a terrestrial species adapted to a wide variety of habitats including semi-evergreen moist deciduous forest, plantations, agricultural fields and rural gardens. Breeding takes place in temporary ponds and other waterbodies.
It is a locally abundant species.
Aquatic pollution (agricultural and domestic), severe droughts and wildfires are the main threats to this species.
It is found in numerous protected areas. It is protected by national legislation.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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