Ways Venus Flytraps are like Humans

  1. They both have 20-second short term memories. Humans can, with rehearsal, keep something in their short term memory for 10-20 seconds. Venus Flytraps, after having 2 or more trigger hairs touched, have to have them touched a 2nd time within 20 seconds in order to close the traps shut.
  2. They grow best with fresh air and sunlight. Humans create Vitamin D that they need, when sunshine touches their skin. Venus Flytraps create food that they need when sunshine touches their tissue. Fresh air movement helps keep mold, fungus, and bacteria from remaining on both humans or Venus Flytraps for too long.
  3. They don’t like to freeze and they don’t like to be too hot. Both humans and Venus Flytraps do best in temperatures between 45-95F
  4. They can both catch their own food. Humans don’t catch their own food very often these days, except for gardeners, but they are capable of it! Venus Flytraps can munch on pretty much any bug that will fit in its traps.
  5. They need room to grow. Venus Flytraps have a “rhizome” underground where they store food, putting even more emphasis on the rhizome storage during dormancy, and less during the active growing season. The rhizome grows over time, and can’t be potted too tightly, so that the rhizome can be allowed to grow. The rhizome needs a few inches at least of space around it, too, separated from anything else growing near it, so they don’t bump rhizomes into one another, retarding growth. Humans of course also need their space, about 1.5 feet of space for personal space, and 4 feet for social space. This is more of a psychological than physical thing, but they both still need space!
  6. Both are slow growers. Venus Flytraps take a long time to grow, compared to most other plants. From baby to mature they can take up to 5 or 6 years to mature. Humans are also slow growers, with their ginormous heads/brains requiring that they come out of the womb before they can walk or care for themselves. And then taking 15-20 years to be considered a grown adult, physically. This compared to a newborn horse foal, which can prance about shortly after birth!
  7. They like water, but if they sit in too much water for too long, it’s bad for them. You’ve all have prune hands from a bath, right? Or you’ve heard of soldiers getting infections from having wet feet for too long? (It’s called “trench foot.”) Well, even though Venus Flytraps are considered by many to be “swamp plants” they aren’t really, they are from pine savannas in North Carolina. If it super hot and dry out, a Venus Flytrap can sit in water all the time because it’s evaporating and because they’re drinking a lot of it. But otherwise, Venus Flytraps can get sick if they sit in water for too long. That said, they should always be hydrated, never completely dry. Just like humans! Humans can only go about 5 days or so without water.
  8. Humans and Venus Flytraps are miracles of nature. Now, technically everything is, but humans and Venus Flytraps are pretty complex, especially humans of course. And we need to remind ourselves that we are incredible miracles, just like we think the same of our Venus Flytraps!

So tell me, how are humans and Venus Flytraps alike in your opinion?

5 thoughts on “Ways Venus Flytraps are like Humans”

  1. Hi Tammy! Lots of people successfully grow Venus Flytraps in Philadelphia. When the temperatures go to freezing, you just move your Flytrap into the sunniest window possible, then move it back out when temperatures are good for Flytraps. You might check out the forums and ask about advice for growing in Philadelphia: https://www.flytrapcare.com/phpBB3/

  2. You mentioned that both humans and fly traps are very complex- and indicated that humans are perhaps more so, but I doubt this is true! When I studied biology back in college I felt that animal biology was pretty simple to understand and noticed many similarities amongst many different species and even amongst different phylum. Plant biology on the other hand, I was never quite able to get a grasp on. Not just venus fly traps, but plants in general have very complex systems and vary much more greatly from each other than one might guess! I’m enjoying your page and learning a lot! My son and I got our first flytrap and are very excited about it, but it turns out we were advised poorly about its care at the plant store! Thank you for the information, you may have saved my plants life.


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