Little Dog Island

Little Dog Island is a square, flat granite island, with an area of 83 ha, in south-eastern Australia. It is part of Tasmania’s Great Dog Island Group, lying in eastern Bass Strait between Flinders and Cape Barren Islands in the Furneaux Group. It is a game reserve. It was previously grazed, a usage now ceased.

Fauna

Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are Little Penguin, Short-tailed Shearwater (over half a million pairs) and Pied Oystercatcher. The Sooty Oystercatcher, Caspian Tern and White-fronted Tern have bred on an isolated rock 200 m north of the island. The Swamp Harrier has bred on the island. Reptiles present include the Metallic Skink and Tiger Snake. The Growling Grass Frog has been recorded.Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). "Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features". Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X]

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