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9 Plants That Eat Animals

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Usually, we are used to seeing animals devour plants and other animals, but nature is full of surprises.

Some plants are known to attract, trap and digest animals (mostly insects, but also the occasional snail, lizard, or even small mammal).

Below are 12 famous carnivorous plants, ranging from the familiar venus flytrap to the less well-known cobra lily.

The Tropical Pitcher Plant

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The main thing that distinguishes the tropical pitcher plant, Nepenthes, from other carnivorous plants is its scale.

The “pitchers” of this plant can reach over a foot in height, ideal for capturing and digesting not only insects, but small lizards, amphibians, and even mammals.

The animals are attracted by the plant’s sweet scent, and once they fall into the pitcher digestion can take as long as two months.

The Cobra Lily

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So named because it looks like a cobra about to strike, the cobra lily, Darlingtonia californica, is a rare plant native to the cold-water bogs of Oregon and northern California. This plant is truly diabolical: not only does it lure insects into its pitcher with its sweet smell, but its closed pitchers have numerous, see-through false “exits” that exhaust its desperate victims as they try to escape.

The Trigger Plant

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It is unclear if the trigger plant, Stylidium, is genuinely carnivorous, or simply trying to protect itself from insects. Some species of trigger plants are equipped with “trichomes,” or sticky hairs, which capture small bugs and the leaves of these plants secrete digestive enzymes that slowly dissolve their unfortunate victims.

Tryphiophyllum

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A species of plant known as a liana, Tryphiophyllum peltatum, has many stages in its life cycle.

First, it grows unremarkable-looking oval-shaped leaves; then, around the time it flowers, it produces long, sticky leaves that attract, capture and digest insects; and lastly it becomes a climbing vine equipped with short, hooked leaves, sometimes attaining lengths of over a hundred feet.

The Portuguese Sundew

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The Portuguese Sundew, Drosophyllum lusitanicum, grows in nutrient-poor soil along the coasts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

Like many other carnivorous plants on this list, the Portuguese sundew attracts bugs with its sweet aroma; traps them in a sticky substance, called mucilage, on its leaves; secretes digestive enzymes that slowly dissolve the unfortunate insects; and absorbs the nutrients so it can live to flower another day.

Roridula

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Native to South Africa, Roridula is a carnivorous plant with a twist: it doesn’t actually digest the insects it captures with its sticky hairs, but leaves this task to a bug species called Pameridea roridulae, with which it has a symbiotic relationship. Roridula then gets the poop of P. roridulae in return which is rich in nutrients, making it a superb fertilizer.

The Butterwort

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The butterwort, Pinguicula, is native to Eurasia and North, South and Central America.

Rather than emitting a sweet smell, butterworts attract insects that mistake the pearly secretions on their leaves for water, at which point they get mired in the sticky goo and are slowly dissolved by digestive enzymes.

The Corkscrew Plant

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Unlike the other plants on this list, the corkscrew plant, Genlisea, doesn’t much care for insects; rather, its main diet consists of protozoans and other microscopic animals, which it attracts and eats using specialised leaves that grow under the soil.

These underground leaves are long, pale and rootlike, but Genlisea also has more normal-looking green leaves that sprout above ground and are used to photosynthesise light.

Technically classified as herbs, corkscrew plants inhabit the semi-aquatic regions of Africa and central and South America.

The Venus Flytrap

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The venus flytrap is certainly the most well-known member of its breed. It is fairly small and its sticky, eyelid-like “traps” are only about an inch long.

One interesting fact about the venus flytrap: to cut down on false alarms from falling leaves and pieces of debris, this plant’s traps will snap shut only if an insect touches two different interior hairs in the course of 20 seconds.

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Former Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Dr. Obaigeli Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to a statement by the Nigerian government demanding that CNN be sanctioned.

On Thursday, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, expressed that CNN should be sanctioned for its investigations which he described as irresponsible journalism.

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The minister also insisted that there was no mass killing at Lekki toll-gate, adding that it was a ‘Massacre with no bodies’

Reacting to the development, Ezekwesili, mocked the government over its threats at CNN.

She queried the reason for Judicial panels on the #EndSARS crisis if the government has closed its minds to information based on evidence.

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A Nigerian man identified as Opata Efungwu has shared his chat with his mother who is trying so hard to get a lady for him to marry.

From the chat with he shared, his mom sent a photo of a lady to him, and asked him to decide if he would want to see her when he comes home for Christmas.

“Check if you will like to see this girl in December when you come home for Christmas or not. If you will like to have her number or not. I still want to show you another person if you want me to”, his mom wrote.

Sharing the conversation on his Instagram page, he wrote;

“This life if someone told me when I was younger that a time will come when my mom will be hustling girls for me, I would never have believed it”.

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A video circulating on social media captures the moment some strippers were seen performing at a wedding reception in Nigeria.

Information Nigeria learnt that the brother of the groom thought it wise to entertain guests by hiring strippers to perform at the afterparty of the wedding.

The man decided to make the unusual move which has got people talking.

In the video, the strippers rocked skimpy outfits as they showed off their dance skills to the pleasure of the guests.

The web user, who made the video available tweeted;

“Lord wash my eyes.

A friends brother legit had strippers as entertainment at his wedding reception
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Watch the video below:

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