09/09/2010 09:18 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Carnivorous Plants Dwindling Across U.S. From Poaching And Habitat Destruction

There's something eerily animal-like about venus flytraps -- touch the trigger hairs and their maws snap shut around an insect, grinning greedily. [...] Flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) are only native to a small area that straddles the border between North and South Carolina, and they are falling victim to poachers, habitat destruction, and wildfire suppression. There may be fewer than 40,000 plants left in their native habitat.

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