Mexico City – More than 180 animals, including a boa constrictor, crocodile and owl were confiscated by Mexican federal agents from vendors at a street market here that specializes in products associated with folk medicine and the occult.
Several of the animals rescued belong to endangered species, the Attorney General's Office said.
Among the animals rescued from Mexico City's Sonora market are 170 tortoises, an owl, a crocodile, a boa constrictor, two other snakes and seven black iguanas.
In addition, 17 tortoise shells and 12 skins of different animals such as lynx, anteater, jaguar and black iguana, as well as stuffed skins of toucans were also seized, the AG's office said.
The Sonora market is a traditional sales location for animals, amulets, lotions and herbs used by healers and shamans against the evil eye, to attract lovers or luck and to undo hexes.
The operation was part of a nationwide sweep conducted from July 21-24 in which 5,571 examples of flora and fauna were seized, the AG's office said.
The operation resulted in the arrests of 27 people, including five at the Sonora market.