The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
- courtesy of -
The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: Should we be afraid of carnivorous plants?

A: As long as you are larger than a small insect (and I think you probably are), carnivorous plants are completely harmless. The digestive enzymes they produce are weak and will not sizzle your flesh or gurgle though metal, like the splattered ichor of the monster from the "Alien" movies.

Despite the fascinating notion of a plant which eats animals, instead of the usual other way around, carnivorous plants are not dangerous. Even if you fell comatose onto a bed of carnivorous plants, the most that might happen is that you would smash some lovely plants and get me mad. I might eat you, but the plants won't.

While carnivorous plants are quite harmless to people, the reverse cannot be said. The homes of carnivorous plants are being destroyed by humans. Carnivorous plants are being killed by pollution. Extremely rare species are being poached by collectors. Some species have already gone extinct, or are so rare that they practically are.

Page citations: Juniper, B.E. et al. 1989; Rice, B.A. 2001a, 2006a; Simpson, R.B. 1994; Taylor, P. 1989.

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Revised: January 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005