Close-up of a venus flytrap

Venus flytrap

Venus flytraps are carnivorous plants native to a small region of wetlands in the eastern United States. They have however been introduced to other areas of the world and are popular as houseplants. The flytrap snaps shut and imprisons its prey when triggered by a time- and touch-sensitive mechanism. Once the prey has been digested, the trap re-opens ready for another victim. Each individual trap on the Venus flytrap can only operate three or four times, after which it photosynthesizes like a normal leaf or dies back.

Scientific name: Dionaea muscipula

Rank: Species

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The Venus flytrap can be found in a number of locations including: North America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Venus flytrap distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2000

Classified by: IUCN 2.3

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