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Adopt the Venus flytrap

Dionaea muscipula

Imperiled according to NatureServe

Habitat: Wet areas within longleaf pine savannas

Behavior: Carnivorous, feeds on insects

Despite being known around the world, many people are not aware that this fascinating carnivorous plant only exists in a narrow region of wetland habitat in North Carolina and South Carolina. Famous for its jaw-like modified leaves that snap shut when triggered by unsuspecting insects, the Venus flytrap derives essential nutrients by capturing and digesting its prey. Unfortunately, habitat loss due to human activities has led to a decline in natural populations of the species. The species is also threatened by poaching for the horticultural trade. Despite this, the Venus flytrap is still not currently protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Photo by Eleanor Dietrich (Flickr).

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