This species is found from eastern Puebla and western Veracruz to Tlaxcala, Estado de Mexico, Morelos and Distrito Federal, Mexico. There is an isolated subpopulation in northern Hidalgo. Its altitudinal range is 2,500-3,200 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives at high elevations in pine and pine-oak forests. It is terrestrial, and can withstand only limited disturbance to its habitat. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent upon water.
The species was previously the most common salamander on the Mexican Plateau, and while still present, it is far less abundant. Due to an ongoing decline in the extent and quality of habitat, the population is suspected to be decreasing.
Its habitat is threatened by agriculture (including slash and burn practices), forestry, expanding human settlements and tourist activities within national parks.
It occurs in several protected areas including Cumbres del Ajusco National Park. This species is listed as "Threatened" (Amenazada) by the Mexican government.
Improved management of protected areas is required.
Surveys to determine whether there is suitable habitat between known localities is required to help determine the full distribution of this species.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern because it has a wide distribution (one of the largest distributions of salamanders in Mexico) and presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Pseudoeurycea leprosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T59383A53982716. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T59383A53982716.en