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Table 2 Examples of ecological importance utility value of snakes according to respondents

From: Students’ attitudes toward and knowledge about snakes in the semiarid region of Northeastern Brazil

Importance No. of citations
Important for nature 8
It is part of the food chain, controlling the populations of other animals 5
Prevent the growth of pests such as rats 2
Eat other snakes and other poisonous animals 13
Utility value of snakes  
“The poison serves to make medicine” 13
Used as food 2
“The rattle can be used for some stuff” 2
Used in folk medicine 3
As pet 1
Total 21