Fun Facts about the Venus Fly Trap Plant

With a variety of carnivorous plants available, it’s not always easy to decide on a favourite.  With so many fun facts about a venus fly trap plant, it has become one of the most known of all such plants.  There are interesting things about the biology, habitat, and appetite of venus fly traps.  By the end of this article, you will be able to tell your friends some interesting tidbits about your venus fly trap plant!

The biology of this plant species is definitely unique.  As you may have noticed, the end of each stem has a spine that supports the two trap-like leaves of the venus fly trap plant.  The mechanism behind how the leaves snap shut within half of a second is relatively unknown – adding to the mystery and allure of these plants.  Also, there are two different types of leaves depending on the season; spring leaves are thinner and are held up off the ground while autumn leaves have wider petioles (similar to stems) and the traps are usually found resting on the ground.  Also, the habitat of these plants is also interesting.

Though you can probably find a venus fly trap plant on almost every continent, they are not so widespread in nature.  The natural habitat of these plants is actually quite limited.  They are native to only a small region in both North and South Carolina.  It’s a good thing they have been cultivated and brought outside their limited habitat, or you wouldn’t see so many people growing carnivorous plants such as these.  Because the plants have a restricted habitat, it is actually illegal to dig them up!  They live in bogs and other poor quality soils, but there they can be quite numerous.

Because such bogs are very low in nutrients, the venus fly trap plant has evolved the ability to capture and digest various insects.  Some of the bugs that flytraps are particular good at ensaring include caterpillars, spiders, ants, slugs and crickets.  These plants don’t really enjoy moths, butterflies, or insects that have shells that are too thick – they have a difficult time digesting them, as you can imagine.  It is this unique appetite that has captured the attention of so many fans worldwide.

There are so many aspects of a venus fry trap plant that make it unique.  The most well known and fascinating is the trap that lets them digest insects to supply much needed nutrients.  Their biology is also full of many interesting traits too, such as different leaves depending on the season.  And, there are not many plants that are illegal to dig up and bring home.  As you can probably imagine, the fun facts listed here only scratch the surface of why venus fly traps and other carnivorous plants are kept by so many people around the world!  The “Growing Carnivorous Plants” website has much more information about your favourite carnivorous plants.

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