Cancun, Q.R. – Nearly 200 reptiles were confiscated from a sanctuary in the municipality of Puerto Morelos this week when owners failed to produce the legal paperwork to prove the origin of the animals.
The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) removed the animals from Sanctuary Toolok-Ka’an. The confiscated reptiles included iguanas, snakes, turtles and a crocodile.
Of the seized animals, the 185 iguanas and one crocodile are listed in the Mexican Official Standard of protected species, while the five boa constrictors are listed as endangered.
The inspection, which lead to the seizure, was part of an on-going battle to combat illegal trafficking of animals. It is a criminal offense in the state of Quintana Roo to illegally harbor species that are considered threatened, endangered or subject to special protection.