One of the most dispersed invasive species over the globe is an animal that everyone is quite familiar with: the cat.
Cats, those cute, little, and adorable fur-balls are actually top predators. Sure, they don’t look like it, but loose cats and domestic cats that are let out of the houses are among the main threats to native fauna.
It may seem a little bit exaggerated, but let us take the example of the Canary Islands. There, on each island of the archipelago lives a different species of Gallotia lizard. This endemic reptile exists only on their respective island, with no exception. Also, on each island, the lizard population is in grave danger of extinction because of domestic cats, and an introduced exotic snake, which act as the main predators of Gallotia lizards, by enhancing the local loss of biodiversity .