Can the Venus fly trap eat meat other than insects?

Absolutely not! Under no circumstances should a Venus Fly Trap be fed something that it couldn't catch on its own in nature. First of all, this will likely make the trap turn black and die if it actually forms a seal around the meat and starts to digest it. Continually feeding a Venus Fly Trap stuff like chicken, beef or pork could actually end up killing the plant. Secondly, it is unlikely that the trap will even seal completely to begin the digestion process because it requires live prey on the inside of the trap struggling to signal the trap to seal. The only things you should feed your Venus fly traps are insects. Any kind of insect is fine. Flies, beetles, spiders, wasps, earwigs and pretty much anything that crawls or flies and is an insect is good. The reality is that you don't actually need to feed your Venus Fly Trap anything other than lots of sunlight. If you grow it outside, it will catch all the food it needs on its own and get plenty of sun.

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#15 hikaru 2013-08-22 14:05
i planted my venus fly trap in my back yard and right now i think is about 2 feet high already. i planted it so it can feed off of the insects in my garden
#14 priscilla lee 2013-07-12 23:02
you can get them at home depot :-)
#13 MichaelB1229 2013-05-09 14:59
If no insect, arachnid, etc. was ever given to a venus fly trap, it could still live. IF you just want to see what it does, many of the carnivorous plant sites sell non-toxic fly traps that you can pull the flies off of and feed to the plant. They are usually used for multiple plants because you don't want to over-feed the plant due to the fact that it may stunt it's growth...sunlig ht and consistently moist moss (sphagnum, possibly with coarse sand or perlite that is not from miracle gro). Also make sure you never use fertilizer or plant food unless you want to burn the roots and kill them. They can live in well lit, moist sphagnum moss alone.
#12 Ren 2013-04-26 14:47
Tnx now I know what to feed mine. Just got it today. I named him Snapper
#11 Ren 2013-04-26 14:44
Tnx I was wondering if you could so now I know I shouldn't. Just got my fly trap today. I named it snappers.
#10 Nicky 2013-01-27 12:09
you get them at colasontys i just got one today my last one starved cause the flys were to smart and went for the food
#9 amanda brown 2012-10-21 08:13
i purchased mine at kroger in their floral department
#8 Violet 2012-10-02 18:33
I SO want one of these guys now... anyone know where i can get one? (e.g. petsmart target walmart etc.)
#7 rose 2012-08-14 09:50
I had a venus fly trap and I fed it freeze dryed flys I aslo built it a solarium therefore I didnt have to put it in the fridge during the winter
#6 Charlie 2012-03-30 22:56
Just bought a venus flytrap and can't wait feed it some flies.
#5 peanut 2011-08-02 02:06
Hi i feed my Venus Fly Trap spiders and the trap always goes black is it somthing to do with the poison/venom inside the spiders to kill prey?
#4 Stephanie 2011-07-14 10:45
My dad killed a wasp, but I don't know if it would be allowed to eat the insect if it's dead so i'm just leaving it for now. :P :-)
#3 Andrei 2010-04-21 09:26
Just bought one. Am I allowed to feed it woodlice? I heard the Fly Traps can also digest arachnids, besides insects, so I believe crustaceans aren't a problem.
#2 Veronis 2010-03-10 11:16
Matt's point was that if you get "creative" about what you feed your flytrap, you'll probably kill it. And he's right. Just feed them bugs.

Flytraps are picky about what they can eat. And yes, Barry Rice did the study I believe (it was either him or Peter D'Amato), where he fed a flytrap a small piece of dead skin and the flytrap did "eat" it.

99%, though, bugs only. Here's more info on this subject: http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq2440.html


On a side note, you can feed flytraps betta fish pellets that have been dipped in water first though. I've had success with this. If you don't dip them in water, the trap often burns at the spot where the pellet was.

You have to massage the trap a few times to stimulate the trigger hairs or it won't "eat" the betta pellet(s). Only feed small amounts of pellets though. One for small traps, a few for larger traps, and of course don't feed all of the traps betta pellets at once or the flytrap will at least go into decline if not die. One to three traps at a time at most. Start slow and see what works.
#1 Harley 2009-11-30 08:01
there has been a study that a man has done and he fed his venus fly trap his old dead skin and the fly trap continued to live.

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