This species occurs from extreme eastern Jalisco and Michoacán, to the east through the State of Mexico, D. F. Morelos and Tlaxcala northward to Hidalgo, Queretaro and southern San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
Habitat and Ecology
This species prefers pine-oak or oak forests above 2,000m asl. It breeds in lakes and big pools. It survives in moderately degraded habitats.
In several recent field surveys this frog has commonly been found. It might be in decline is some areas.
Desiccation and alteration of the original ecological conditions can affect populations of this species, however it appears to be resistant to a degree of habitat degradation since it is often found near human settlements. Aquaculture has introduced some invasive predators to parts of the species' range. These predators eat tadpoles and young juveniles. It is harvested for human consumption, and this is probably impacting some populations.
The range of this species overlaps with a few protected areas. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Oscar Flores-Villela 2004. Lithobates montezumae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58671A11822530. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58671A11822530.en .Downloaded on 17 January 2019