Cox, N. & Hoffmann, M. (Global Reptile Assessment Coordinating Team)
Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km², it is known from fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat.
This species is endemic to the Philippines, where it has been recorded from the islands of Samar (an old record), Negros (locations include Cauayan, Negros Oriental, Cuernos de Negros, Maite River-north peak of Cuernos de Negros and Camp Lookout), Bohol (historical record from Sierra Bullones at 300 m asl), Siquijor (historical record with no locality given) and Cebu (historical record with no locality given). There are additional recent records of this species from the islands of Panay (where it occurs in the dipterocarp forests on the NW-Panay Peninsula, and at least in the northern parts [Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi] of the West-Panay-Mountain-Range) (Gaulke et al. 2003), and Leyte (collected in 2002 at Baybay), although the identification of these specimens needs to be confirmed (A. Diesmos pers. comm. 2007). It occurs at elevations of 300 to 1100 m asl.
There is little information available on the abundance of this species. Population density is relatively high in suitable habitats (lowland dipterocarp forest, secondary forest) on Panay (M. Gaulke pers. comm. 2008).
This species is known from both primary and secondary dipterocarp and submontane forest. Recent collections at Camp Lookout, Negros, took place in very degraded forest. Animals are often found in the leaf axils of aerial ferns. The eggs are found mainly on the leaves of Pandanus sp., but even are laid in crevices of bamboo buildings and fences within disturbed forests (M. Gaulke pers. comm. 2008).