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Range DescriptionThis species can be found in east-central Alabama and adjacent Georgia, with scattered, isolated populations in western South Carolina (Greenwood, Edgefield, and McCormick counties), southwestern Alabama, southern Louisiana, and Mississippi, USA (Conant and Collins 1991, Highton 1986, Dundee and Rossman 1989, Lazell and Mann 1991, Petranka 1998). It occupies less than 4 hectares in Louisiana (S. Shively pers. comm. 1997). There is one documented site in excellent condition in Louisiana (S. Shively pers. comm. 1997). There are four sites mapped in Georgia, based on publication "Distribution of Amphibians and Reptiles in Georgia" (R. MacBeth pers. comm. 1997). In Alabama, there are an estimated 101+ extant occurrences. It is difficult to distinguish from P. ventralis (formerly a form of P. dorsalis) and the two species' distributions overlap; this might result in an overestimate of population numbers. Condition of subpopulations is estimated to be 30% excellent, 20% good, 20% fair, and 30% poor (M. Bailey pers. comm. 1997). There are thirty-nine occurrences from 1980-1995 documented in South Carolina, and an estimated 21-100 extant occurrences; it has been extensively surveyed in the mid-1980s (S. Bennett pers. comm. 1997).