This species is widely distributed throughout Sri Lanka and much of peninsular and northwestern India, and is also present in Bangladesh. It occurs from sea level up to around 460m asl in Sri Lanka and 700m asl in India.
Habitat and Ecology
A lowland species inhabiting dry forest, shrubland and grassland, agricultural land and often close to human habitation (including urbanised areas). Individuals are found in loose soil, amongst leaf-litter, and under logs and other ground cover. Breeding takes place in still waters and paddy fields. There is little information available on larval ecology.
It is a locally abundant species.
Pollution of land and waterways by agrochemicals, wetland reclamation (drainage for urbanization) and loss of habitat to infrastructure development are all threats to this species.
Given its wide range and habitat preferences, it is likely to occur in a number of 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 fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category
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