Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients, but not energy, by trapping and consuming insects or other small animals. These plants are native to places where the soil is thin or lacking in nutrients like bogs and rocky areas, but will do well when their habitat is duplicated as closely as possible. Keep the soil wet or at least damp all of the time. More than 600 species and subspecies of carnivorous plants have been identified, although some are now extinct. The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is one of the most famous species.