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    Noticed new trait on misc. VFT.. ID Please

    Not sure if this is indicative to a particular cross of VFT, but I noticed the teeth point out on the traps rather than crossing when closed. Is it significant?


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    I thought that was normal when a VFT is sealed and digesting? The teeth cross when it first catches a victim, but when it seals it kind of pushes itself inside out, causing the teeth to point out.

    Look at the bottom trap in this pic: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...uscipula03.jpg
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    What Presto said! It's normal Mass.

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    That pic was taken about 1 min. after I fed it. Just a moment after the trap closed, so these teeth never crossed.

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    What about the other traps on the plant?
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    It does indicate something!
    Sadly...
    as far as the plant is concerned, it's normal behavior! Burp!

    No new and rare breed of VFT here! (Hard to I.D. the plant without photos of the plant itself, but I am guessing it is a commoner'! )

    (Oh, has it caught other prey and doing some digesting recently?, as that would tend to shape some of the traps* this way for their "next" meal... hence no teeth crossing!)

    *When the traps get older and after a few meals, they sometimes don't come back to shape and so retain this teeth-outward appearance. Usually by then, they get slow or do not close at all anymore. Apparently yours is still hungry and responsive!

    I am surprised you haven't seen this behavior before, as it is rather common.
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    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=113866

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrowinOld View Post

    I am surprised you haven't seen this behavior before, as it is rather common.
    I'm still VERY new to VFTs. I just adopted about 3 trays full of different kinds. So far I've been able to separate them into 6 or 7 different kinds, but I just don't know what kind that may be. With the exception of saw tooths. Those are pretty obvious.

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    Haha! I almost thought you were trying to be funny.


    But it doesn't seem like you are. It's most likely just the completely normal behavior of a venus fly trap that the majority of us have witnessed hundreds of times.

    Unless, that is of course, you'd be willing to take a detailed pictorial showing a specific trap grow all the way out and exhibiting that behavior immediately after it closes on it's first prey, and I mean immediately.
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