Quote (schloaty @ April 22 2003,10:51)
Also, to expand on what Vertigo and Maehem said, traps only close a few times before they cease to function (they may not actually die right away). *The mechanism that closes a VFT trap is a sudden growth spurt in the cells that line the outside of the leaf. *This causes the leaf to fold in on itself. *To open back up, the cells on the inside of the leaf grow. *And yes, this does mean that the traps grow a little with each meal (I haven't tried to measure ever, and I'm sure it's virtually undetectable to the human eye). *Once the cells have maxed out in size, the leaf can no longer close, and becomes just a regular leaf (like on a non-carnivore) that is capable of photosynethis, but not trapping.[/QUOTE]
[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] WOW!!!! I never knew that, schloaty!! You learn something new every day. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
"Without carnivores, our planet would be over run with creepy crawlers and very hungry fuzzy things." - Cougarmint, 2003.

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