Herpetofauna Used in Traditional Folk Medicine: Conservation Implications

  • Rômulo Romeu Nóbrega Alves
  • Washington Luiz Silva Vieira
  • Gindomar Gomes Santana
  • Kleber Silva Vieira
  • Paulo Fernando Guedes Pereira Montenegro


This chapter provides an overview of the global use of herpetofauna in traditional folk medicine and the implications for conservation. The results indicate that 331 species (284 reptiles and 47 amphibians) are used in traditional folk medicine around the world. Among the species recorded, 182 reptiles and 42 amphibians are listed in the IUCN Red List. Additionally, 93 reptiles are in some of the appendices of CITES. These numbers demonstrate the importance of understanding such medicinal uses in the context of reptile conservation as well as the need for considering sociocultural factors when establishing management plans directed toward the sustainable use of these reptiles.


Traditional Medicine Amphibian Species Medicinal Purpose Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Folk Remedy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rômulo Romeu Nóbrega Alves
    • 1
  • Washington Luiz Silva Vieira
    • 3
  • Gindomar Gomes Santana
    • 2
    • 3
  • Kleber Silva Vieira
    • 2
    • 3
  • Paulo Fernando Guedes Pereira Montenegro
    • 3
  1. 1.Departamento de BiologiaUniversidade Estadual da ParaíbaCampina GrandeBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Biológicas (Zoologia), Departamento de Sistemática e EcologiaUniversidade Federal da ParaíbaJoão PessoaBrazil
  3. 3.Laboratório de Ecofisiologia Animal, Departamento de Sistemática e EcologiaUniversidade Federal da ParaíbaJoão PessoaBrazil

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