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Table 2 Univariate statistics and reliability (Cronbach's alpha) of scales used

From: Human attitudes towards herpetofauna: The influence of folklore and negative values on the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Portugal

Scale/items Reptiles Amphibians
  Mean SD Min. Max. Alpha Mean SD Min. Max. Alpha
Folklore 4.56 1.82 0 10 0.67 3.84 .73 0 10 0.62
are dangerous animals 3.85 1.70 0 10   2.21 2.34 0 10  
are useful animalsa 7.25 2.91 0 10   6.71 3.26 0 10  
are poisonous 3.96 2.36 0 10   2.67 2.88 0 10  
are fatal to human beings 5.10 7.82 0 10   5.12 3.86 0 10  
are completely inoffensivea 5.30 2.50 0 10   5.89 3.33 0 10  
usually attack humans 2.71 2.23 0 10   1.22 1.87 0 10  
usually ignore humansa 5.88 2.99 0 10   4.54 4.27 0 10  
usually flee from humansa 3.85 2.58 0 10   3.43 3.25 0 10  
are important to the ecosystema 3.14 3.82 0 10   2.74 3.37 0 10  
Negative values 4.63 2.06 0 10 0.73 3.37 0.69 0 10 0.71
I like the animala 7.62 2.30 0 10   7.23 3.32 0 10  
   I find the animal ugly 5.53 3.65 0 10   5.11 3.65 0 10  
I don't go near places where the animal is 4.78 3.29 0 10   3.42 3.45 0 10  
   The way the animal moves gives me the creeps 3.63 3.82 0 10   2.36 3.12 0 10  
I don't like the noises that the animal makes 2.14 3.05 0 10   2.00 3.20 0 10  
I fear the animal 4.39 7.88 0 10   2.14 2.97 0 10  
I'm sick of the animal 4.43 3.21 0 10   4.09 4.30 0 10  
The animal gives me nightmares .98 2.16 0 10   .61 1.87 0 10  
   I don't mind if the animal lives in my house/propertya 7.27 3.21 0 10   - - - -  
   I think that the presence of the animal gives value to the surrounding environmenta 5.54 3.72 0 10   - - - -  
Persecution/anti-conservation 3.79 1.13 0 10 0.67 2.41 .79 0 10 0.67
   When I find one of these animals, I usually kill it or ask someone to kill it 2.98 3.29 0 10   1.91 3.01 0 10  
   If there was a population of these animals in my property I would take measures to eliminate it 4.69 3.69 0 10   3.32 3.66 0 10  
   I think there should be a greater concern for the preservation of these animalsa 4.84 3.44 0 10   - - - -  
   I think that these animals should be exterminated 2.66 3.47 0 10   2.01 3.03 0 10  
  1. Both scales ranged from 0 to 10.
  2. a Reversed