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Meat-Eating Plants: Get To Know These Carnivorous Plants

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Everyone loves a good irony. A perfect example would be the bizarre carnivorous plants – leafy creatures that eat everything from insects, to crustaceans, to mammals.

Most plants only require the basic things to survive: sunlight, water, air, and mineral nutrients which they usually get from the soil they are growing in. These nutrients are used as building blocks for making things like DNA and proteins. But most carnivorous plants thrive in places without a lot of nutrients, like peat bogs. So, in order to survive, they get extra nutrition from the bodies of unsuspecting prey.

These carnivorous plants have wildly diverse and morbidly beautiful methods for catching food. Some suck their prey in, some have sticky filaments that trap and curl over the bodies of their victims, some even appear as seemingly harmless buds but are actually slippery traps that an insect can never escape from.

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Let’s look into the interesting ways carnivorous plants such as bladderworts, venus flytraps, cape sundews, and pitcher plants lie in wait for the right opportunity to snap and capture their juicy prey. It’s both a scary and mesmerizing sight, really.

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Watch the full video by BrainCraft and Gross Science here and you may just want to get your own carnivorous plant babies.

 

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