Attitudes and behaviors toward snakes in the snake charmer community: A case from northern Bangladesh

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Islam, Abu Reza Md. Towfiqul, Akta, Mst.Lizu, Bindajam, Ahmed Ali, Mallick, Javed, Al Mamun, Abdullah, Pal, Subodh Chandra, Sarker, Md. Nazirul Islam, Rahman, Md. Mostafizur and Alam, G. M. Monirul. 2023. "Attitudes and behaviors toward snakes in the snake charmer community: A case from northern Bangladesh." Environment, Development and Sustainability: a multidisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of sustainable development. 26 (3), pp. 8065-8085. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-023-03050-1
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Attitudes and behaviors toward snakes in the snake charmer community: A case from northern Bangladesh

ERA Journal ID5894
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsIslam, Abu Reza Md. Towfiqul, Akta, Mst.Lizu, Bindajam, Ahmed Ali, Mallick, Javed, Al Mamun, Abdullah, Pal, Subodh Chandra, Sarker, Md. Nazirul Islam, Rahman, Md. Mostafizur and Alam, G. M. Monirul
Journal TitleEnvironment, Development and Sustainability: a multidisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of sustainable development
Journal Citation26 (3), pp. 8065-8085
Number of Pages21
Year2023
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN1387-585X
1573-2975
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-023-03050-1
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10668-023-03050-1
AbstractSnakes are a natural form of pest control that play an essential role in the ecosystem's balance. Snakes can provide an ecological service to people by lowering insect populations that can spread disease and harm agricultural produce. Because snakes assist us in so many ways, they have long been the subject of torture and unfavorable views across cultures, and humans threaten many. However, little is known about how snake charmers in developing nations like Bangladesh are changing their attitudes and behavior toward snakes. This study aims to examine the snake charmer community in northern Bangladesh's changing attitudes and behavior toward snakes. Snake predictors must be better understood to improve conservation efforts. This study examined whether knowledge of mortality from snakebites, experience with snakebites, myth beliefs about snakes, and education level predict attitudes toward snakes in the northern area of Bangladesh. The results of the ordinal regression model revealed that beliefs in hatred, fear, and the myth that snakes are evil are related to less tolerance of snakes. We also examined attitudes that would predict the intended killing of snakes. Snake tolerance was linked to more frequent snake interactions and a lower level of education. Even after controlling for the influence of other psychological and experience-based variables, better snake tolerance and lower education were linked to a decreased risk of purposefully killing snakes. More education and sustainable wildlife management should be used to change people's attitudes and stop them from killing snakes on purpose. © 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V.
KeywordsEcological conservation; Snakes; Myth belief; Education; Mortality
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ANZSRC Field of Research 20204499. Other human society
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Byline AffiliationsBegum Rokeya University, Bangladesh
King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
University of Burdwan, India
Neijiang Normal University, China
Bangladesh University of Professionals, Bangladesh
School of Business
University of Southern Queensland
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