For the first time in North America, scientists have discovered incredible carnivorous plants that eat not only insects but also reptiles.
In the latest study published by biologists at Guelph University, they discovered carnivorous plants at Algonquin Park in Ontario (Canada). Called 'Tiny Terrors' , this plant can catch and digest young salamanders.
The wetlands in Ontario have long been home to a number of biotic plants, mostly insects and spiders. When the prey falls inside its bell-shaped leaf, the digestive juices will secrete and kill the prey by decomposing them slowly.
A newborn salamander is digested inside a carnivorous plant.(Photo: University of Guelph).
It has remained wild for hundreds of years, people and scientists come here to study natural life. But recently, biologists have found a young salamander stuck in the 'warm lid' of this plant.
From the first shift, the scientific team has expanded its search and discovered many other ill-fated victims who are salamanders from birth to adolescents caught and killed, and even more plants a prey.
Through observation, the scientists said that the wetland swamp is an ideal environment for hunting salamanders. When the insects gather in the lid of the tree, salamanders come and accidentally trap and die inside.
Ontario's Algonquin Park (Canada) with wetlands, a strong breeding ground for this plant.(Photo: University of Guelph).
Inside the "stomach" of the plant, secretions are secreted as digestive enzymes causing the body to lose heat, necrosis of the organs, infection and hunger and lead to death. There are a few individuals that can withstand up to 19 days, but some have died after 3 days.
There are many carnivorous plants throughout the planet, but perhaps carnivorous plants in Ontario (Canada) are loaded with the most nutrients. After digestion, not only will the plant grow bigger but also help the soil become more fertile.
Carnivorous plants were discovered for the first time since the 18th century. Tropical rainforests in Asia record many of the most biotic plants, but they mainly eat insects, spiders or small mice.
This finding is surprisingly large in the scientific world because no one previously thought that carnivorous plants can literally eat meat. Algonquin Park in Ontario (Canada) is still home to many mysteries that need to be decoded in the future.