You will not be harmed, but you may injure the plant. The flytrap's trap leaves can only shut so many times before they die, therefore stimulating them unnecessarily just helps to expedite their demise. People sometimes think that when they are instructed not to touch a Venus flytrap, it is for their own protection. However, this is not true; the flytraps do not need protecting themselves.
Venus flytraps have very fragile plants which cannot tolerate being handled or touched. If you try to pull them up by their roots, they will break off at the soil surface. It is best not to handle them at all, unless you want to help destroy your own flytrap.
If you do happen to damage a flytrap, take out your phone and snap some pictures. You will be amazed at how quickly these plants grow back!
Some people think that if they leave food for the flytraps, they will make more traps. This is not true. The flytraps use their entire body to capture their prey, including their eyes and tentacles. Eating the insect reduces its ability to catch other insects, so the flytrap does not get replicated.
In conclusion, yes, a Venus flytrap can kill itself.
Even if you keep your fingers in there for an extended period of time, Venus flytraps will not harm you. Even if people do not uproot, stomp, or trigger them enough times for the plants to terminally deplete their vitality, they may poison flytraps by feeding them tap water or depriving them of sunshine. The best way to ensure a healthy environment for your flytrap is to provide it with some form of sunlight and fresh air.
If you do happen to encounter one of these deadly plants when out hiking, stay away from it until professional help arrives. It's better to be safe than sorry!
It's easy to poke a Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) with your finger. You may close the trap by putting your finger in one of the plant's traps and wriggle it around. Springing the plant's leaves close also prevents them from being used for photosynthesis. The best thing to do if you put your finger in a Venus flytrap is to get it out quickly.
These plants use their sensitive hairs to sense movement. If you put your finger in a trap, the hairs try to close the gap by pulling back on themselves. This can cause the leaf tips to snap off at their bases or even the whole stem. The trapped person then would have to remove her finger to stop the pain.
Venus flytraps are very rare in the United States. However they are found in the Southeastern United States where there are many roads without fences or barriers. People who live in this area should know that grabbing a Venus flytrap would cause serious injury or death because its sharp thorns are very hard to see.
People who enjoy exploring nature might want to keep an eye out for these plants because they are beautiful and interesting to watch in action. Also, they provide food for many species of animals including birds, rabbits, and frogs. But if you come into contact with one of these plants you should try not to hurt it because they will not hurt you back.