Only two of the approximately 214 species of blindsnakes are listed by the IUCN. The Mona Island blindsnake (Typhlops monensis) is listed as Endangered, and the Christmas Island blindsnake (Ramphotyphlops exocoeti) is listed as Vulnerable due to its severely limited range. In addition, T. cariei, known only from Subrecent fossil material from Mauritius, is listed as Extinct. However, nearly 20% of the recognized species of blindsnakes are known only from their type localities, and thus the status of many species is uncertain.
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