Australia’s cats kill almost 600 million reptiles a year
According to CSIRO a study was conducted to estimate the number of reptiles killed annually in Australia by cats
and to list Australian reptile species known to be killed by cats.
Information collated from about 100 previous local studies of cats’ diets across Australia. These studies involved teasing apart the contents of more than 10,000 samples of faeces or stomachs from cats collected as part of management programs.
After the reptiles were tallied , it was scaled up against Australia’s estimated cat population of between 2.1 million and 6.3million. These were then collated information from museums and wildlife shelters on the various animals that had been brought in after being killed or injured by cats.Then calculated that an average feral cat kills 225 reptiles per year, so the total feral cat population kills 596 million reptiles per year. This tally will vary significantly from year to year, because the cat population in inland Australia fluctuates widely between drought and rainy years.
It underlines the need for more effective and strategic control of Australia’s feral cats, and for more responsible ownership of pet cats.