The terrestrial lizard fauna of two regenerating mine sites situated at Cobar, western New South Wales was surveyed and compared with an unmined area in the same region. Animals were captured in pitfall traps and during regular searches of each site. The two mine sites surveyed were last mined 1919 and 1952 respectively. A total of twenty-two species were collected of which eighteen were found to utilize mined areas. Species abundance differed significantly between sites, with the mined areas supporting fewer, but larger animals. Abundance could be explained by regeneration age, log availability and the faunal composition of each area. Reptiles were found to recolonize revegetated areas slowly. A period of over eighty years may be necessary before the reptile fauna of these mined areas reach levels similar to those found in unmined sites.
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