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I am a huge fan of exotic plants, especially carnivorous ones. There is just something intriguing about how an organism that is at the bottom of almost every food chain can still be a predator. Plants in general are known to thrive on water and sunlight. Most animals that are eaten, eat plants or seeds, so being a plant is quite a disadvantage, but carnivorous plants such as the Venus Flytrap and the Pitcher Plant, have adapted in such a way that they can no longer be considered the bottom of the totem pole. Carnivorous plants grow in soil that is lacking in nutrition since they generally get most of their nutrition from the bugs and animals that they eat. These plants use the major weakness of their prey, a desire to find sustenance, to devour them. It is an awesome sight to see, when the Venus Flytrap closes on its prey and begins the process of digestion, I was so enamored with these plants that I actually purchased a few just so I could observe them more closely. These remarkable carnivorous plants grow in wetlands and bogs of the United States, and around the world, so if you are interested in seeing one in person, check out your nearest park or nature preserve.