This species has been recorded from a wide area in central South Africa and Lesotho, and also another near the Botswana border. Apparently isolated populations are perhaps part of a contiguous range. It is likely to be found in southern Botswana. It probably occurs mainly below 1,500 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
This species lives in Nama karroo shrubland, grassland, dry savannah and pastureland. It breeds in temporary shallow pans, pools or depressions containing rainwater, quarries, and rock pools along rivers.
It is a locally common species.
Overall, it is not seriously threatened. In some places it is negatively impacted by maize farming, but it does better in areas of livestock farming.
It occurs in several protected areas.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Poyntonophrynus vertebralis. In: IUCN 2014