This species is known from the Pacific slopes of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Sierra de Coalcoman and Cordillera Volcanica in Mexico. Michoacán, state of Mexico and Morelos, knows it from southern Sinaloa southward. It occurs from 100-1,500m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits tropical and semi deciduous forest and is also found in pine-oak forest. It breeds in water.
This is a common species.
The major threat to this species is the disturbance and transformation of its forest habitat.
The range of this species includes Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve, which is a well-preserved and protected area. This species is protected by Mexican law under the "Special Protection" category (Pr).
This species was previously within the genus Hyla but has recently been moved to the resurrected genus Exerodonta (Faivovich, et al., 2005).
Georgina Santos-Barrera, Luis Canseco-Márquez 2004. Exerodonta smaragdina. In: IUCN 2014