This species occurs in the USA from southern Kansas to southern Texas; disjunctive populations occur in west central and southwestern Illinois, southeastern Missouri and adjacent Arkansas (Conant and Collins 1991). Given the closeness of its range with Mexico it could possibly occur in this country, although this needs to be verified.
Habitat and Ecology
It is basically a terrestrial species. It can be found in moist woods, sand prairies, ravines, along streams and swamps, around ponds, and cultivated areas. In addition it can be found in sand prairies and cultivated fields in southeastern Missouri and adjacent Arkansas. It burrows into soil when inactive, using its forelimbs. Eggs and larvae develop in flooded fields, ditches, sloughs, small ponds, or other temporary bodies of water.
It is apparently localized but not uncommon in Texas (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999).
Extensive agriculture, housing developments, and other land uses have greatly reduced the breeding habitat in southeastern Missouri, though the species is still present in highly cultivated areas there (Johnson 2000). It is apparently more secure in the major part of its range in Texas and Oklahoma.
It occurs in many protected areas, although protection of remaining habitat in Missouri is needed.
The subspecies Pseudacris streckeri illinoensis was proposed as a distinct species by Collins (1991) (without supporting data), but this subspecies was recognized by Phillips et al. (1999), Johnson (2000), and Crother et al. (2000, 2003).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2015. Pseudacris streckeri. In: IUCN 2014