the main issue with this species is habitat destruction and the animal trade, from what Devin Edmonds reported at frogday. So maybe we have to stop wanting what we can't have and preserve what is left.
Well, in the wild they can hide under a cool stone or something during the hottest part of the day. It's hard to achieve temperature differentials like that in vivs, especially smaller ones.
In the video it looks like they're not very densely populated. Maybe they're more territorial and need larger spaces. Or their population numbers are just low.
Hmmm, if they live by permanent streams, are they seasonal like some of the other mantella?Temperatures in the 80s have been recorded in cowani habitat, but one thing that is distinct about cowani is that they prefer to live by permanent streams, also what Andreone has told me. While some localities do live far from water, cowani are commonly found hiding under rocks by the stream.
After watching a Mantella milotympanum video this morning, in which habitat was severely degraded and developed for agriculture, I thought I might comment on this video. The cowani habitat is pretty badly degraded. I'm sure Pinus aren't even native to Madagascar. They seem to litter the hills in the video. Pretty sad. I hope the vast expanse of Pine scattered rolling hills wasn't once gallery forest. Anyways, it would be nice if some cowani habitat was protected and restored. Thanks, JVKI found this video, thought it was nice to see cowani and their wild habitat. It was made in January 2014 it says, so hopefully they are still doing alright for now.
Mantella cowani near Antoetra, Madagascar - YouTube