This species is known from central, southern and southwestern China (including Hainan Island, Hong Kong and Macau), and Mainland Thailand at least as far south as Prachuab Khiri Khan province (perhaps to Chumphon), Lao People's Democratic Republic, Cambodia and Viet Nam. It is not reported from Myanmar (Taylor 1962, Inger et al. 1999). It has been introduced to Guam, although it is unknown whether it has established a breeding population in the island (Christy et al. 2007). It occurs from lowlands just above sea level to highlands up to at least 1,100 m asl (Inger et al. 1999).
Habitat and Ecology
It is mainly observed in forest edge situations. It inhabits disturbed areas such as cultivated fields, abandoned fields, grasslands and plantations, but is apparently not a commensal of large-scale agricultural areas. It breeds in large temporary rain pools, ponds or paddy fields.
It is a common species in appropriate habitat, although it is cryptic, seasonal and not often seen.
This species is marketed for human consumption in Lao People's Democratic Republic (Stuart 1999).
It is probably secure from all but the most pervasive threats, and is known to inhabit many protected areas. Conservation action appears not to be warranted at the moment beyond maintaining existing protected areas.
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 to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
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