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What is the largest animal ever eaten by a Venus flytrap?

Thursday 29th July 2010
Submitted by nikkiwithers
JAMES MASSEY, BY EMAIL

The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) has evolved to digest insects and so it grows traps appropriate to this prey. If a trap closes around prey that’s larger than about a third of the size of the trap (2-3cm), it may not be able to close tightly enough to prevent the animal from escaping. Nevertheless, larger strains have occasionally been found with the skeletons of small frogs inside them.

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