This species is restricted to the highlands of central and west-central Oaxaca, Mexico, at 2,200-2,700m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It is terrestrial and inhabits pine and pine-oak forests hiding under bark and in leaf-litter. It can tolerate limited habitat disturbance, and is sometimes found in rural gardens and selectively logged lots. It reproduces by direct development.
It is fairly common, although it has not been seen at the type locality (Cerro San Felipe) for many years.
The major threat is habitat loss due to extensive agricultural expansion, human settlements, and logging.
It does not occur in any protected areas, and there is an urgent need for the protection of forest habitats of the Sierra de Juarez. This species is listed as "Threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.
Red List Status
This form represents a species complex and is in need of taxonomic revision (G. Parra-Olea and D Wake pers. comm.).
Gabriela Parra-Olea, David Wake, Mario García-París 2008. Pseudoeurycea cochranae. In: IUCN 2014