This species is known only from central Mexico, in the extreme east of Mexico State, in southern Federal District, and in Morelos, at around 3,000m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in pine, pine-oak and fir forests, and is terrestrial, being found under the bark of logs and stumps; it does not tolerate serious habitat disturbance. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.
It used to be abundant, but it has recently disappeared from parts of its range.
The major threat is habitat loss, due to the heavy transformation and logging of forested areas along the transvolcanic belt of Mexico.
It occurs in Parque Nacional Lagunas de Zempoala, but habitat loss is ongoing within this protected area and there is a need for improved management. The species is also in need of close population monitoring. It is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Parra-Olea, G. & Wake, D. 2008. Pseudoeurycea altamontana. In: IUCN 2014