The Carnivorous Plants That Gave Up Meat for Poop

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Seymour might have had better luck had he raised one of these Bornean plants instead of a giant Venus flytrap. Instead of evolving to eat animals, they’ve evolved to play nice in exchange for their nutrient rich feces.

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  1. SciShow
    13 ditë më parë

    Thanks to all of you who are pointing out that we mistakenly referred to tree shrews as rodents! They are actually their own, cool, unique group of mammals (order Scandentia). We apologize for the error!

    1. Roslan Ismail
      Roslan Ismail
      Ditë më parë

      Me a normal person: thats a squirrel

    2. Jewie Snew
      Jewie Snew
      10 ditë më parë

      You forgot to mention the nectar of Nepenthes lowii contains laxatives to always induce pooping whenever the animal feeds on it.

    3. David Chenoweth
      David Chenoweth
      11 ditë më parë

      Your welcome, and I'm sorry... I realize too late that my way of pointing it out was a tad bit rude and ass like, I apologize for that... I tend to be... Over proud sometimes when it comes to knowledge. I love your channel, you have very good content that is always interesting and full of knowledge. I don't ever notice many slips and I coukd have been a little more tactfully in my comment.

    4. Patrick Long
      Patrick Long
      13 ditë më parë

      One organism's waste is another organism's poopourri

    5. Arne Voorhorst
      Arne Voorhorst
      13 ditë më parë

      What about the proposed group euarchonta, to link the tree shrews to other current living groups? Is not as catchy as rodents though...

  2. Sailor
    Ditë më parë

    Nature is amazing. Procceeds to evolve toilets for rats.

  3. Bunny Ben
    Bunny Ben
    3 ditë më parë

    Imagine if every plant in existence just ate poop directly from the butts of animals. No more manure which has to get absorbed by roots in the ground, and every animal would have a personal toilet.

  4. Me Here
    Me Here
    5 ditë më parë

    I love nepenthes :) I've got a whole back garden full of them! No Rajah obviously, given how endangered it is, but I think one of the ones I have may be a cross with some rajah in it (I've got too many to keep track of what I have & what I just looked at & wished I had the space to house & money to buy at the carnivore plant meeting). They're great plants :))

  5. Jimmy not nice
    Jimmy not nice
    5 ditë më parë

    Vegan people

  6. des8893
    5 ditë më parë

    Nature is amazing.

  7. Ricardo Andrade Camacho
    Ricardo Andrade Camacho
    6 ditë më parë

    If bats evolved to be an intelligent species they'd probably think that a generous bat God made the entirety of creation just for them to be at the very pinnacle of it.

  8. Gabriel Hermesson
    Gabriel Hermesson
    6 ditë më parë

    Have an animal fall into your pitcher, and you'll eat for a day. Have an animal continuously poop in your pitcher, and you'll eat for a lifetime.

  9. srg a
    srg a
    7 ditë më parë

    imagine releasing guano as you sleep

  10. Da Man Chan
    Da Man Chan
    9 ditë më parë

    If American do it, global warming will instantly be reversed

  11. Dollightful
    9 ditë më parë

    Once again, I am amazed and disgusted by nature

  12. parihav
    9 ditë më parë

    So those tree shrews use the picture plant toilets like Butters uses a regular toilet.

  13. thegoodlisteners listenwell
    thegoodlisteners listenwell
    9 ditë më parë

    Ummm.... so back to normal....

  14. Wolf Heart Gaming
    Wolf Heart Gaming
    9 ditë më parë

    Thought that said coronavirus

  15. Nemo Fil
    Nemo Fil
    10 ditë më parë

    NOOOOOOO I can't believe you just said that. Tree shrews are NOT rodents, there are more closely related to primates and are probably very similar to what the ancestors of primates looked like. They even have human-like ears.

  16. Kirklan Yoshinaga
    Kirklan Yoshinaga
    10 ditë më parë

    There is a price to be paid for curiosity. I paid that when I looked at this picture 2:28 and the imagery that was invoked into my mind was more than enough to sate whatever lingering curiosity I had. There’s truth in the saying “there are some things you are better off not knowing.” I guess.

  17. Name Name
    Name Name
    10 ditë më parë

    Coincidentally, I am watching this while taking a dump.

  18. JP
    10 ditë më parë

    When you think you've heard everything within the wacky world of life, life brings you a new lesson

  19. culwin
    10 ditë më parë

    The line for the female tree shrews to use the pitcher plant is twice as long as the line for the guys.

  20. Joe Gillian
    Joe Gillian
    10 ditë më parë

    Animals to the pitch plant: wanna be my toilet? Pitcher plant: yes please.

  21. John Doe
    John Doe
    11 ditë më parë

    Toilet plant?

  22. Pfffffft
    11 ditë më parë

    Pitcher plants are full of sht.

  23. Amit das
    Amit das
    11 ditë më parë

    Nice 👌

  24. RaginPlayer
    11 ditë më parë

    so basically a natural toilet and sewage system

  25. Justin G
    Justin G
    11 ditë më parë

    Wait... Plants prefer fertilizer over meat? 🤯

    1. Me Here
      Me Here
      5 ditë më parë

      it's not fertiliser! Fertiliser is absorbed through the roots, try to fertlise their roots & they die from it!

  26. Daniel Federico
    Daniel Federico
    11 ditë më parë

    Woah, woah, woah. Treeshrews ain't rodents.

  27. Vigorelli Integrated Medicine
    Vigorelli Integrated Medicine
    11 ditë më parë

    Ya know I've actually asked the same question.

  28. Gabriel Martins
    Gabriel Martins
    11 ditë më parë

    I knew about this already. Thanks, Ze Frank!

  29. Lord Of The Flies
    Lord Of The Flies
    11 ditë më parë

    Hardest choice I've ever had to make

  30. Atilla Da Pun
    Atilla Da Pun
    11 ditë më parë

    Nature's out house! 😂

  31. Evangeline Athanasia
    Evangeline Athanasia
    11 ditë më parë

    Biggest carnivorous plant? Rafflasiea anyone?

  32. Zach Berg
    Zach Berg
    11 ditë më parë

    You guys should do a video on Monocot-first theory.

  33. Ali Syed
    Ali Syed
    12 ditë më parë

    The shrew toilet... Mind blown. 😳 Like evolution is just... Wow

  34. Ian
    12 ditë më parë

    The lesson is, our toilets should be converting our feces into nutrients.

  35. nikoloz papiashvili
    nikoloz papiashvili
    12 ditë më parë

    I love this channel

  36. purpleiguana
    12 ditë më parë

    The words "nectar toilet" totally cracked me up.

  37. Mason & Lexi O'Neill
    Mason & Lexi O'Neill
    12 ditë më parë

    Thankyou so much for making this episode and making sure the species were named and displayed correctly!

  38. Michael Moorrees
    Michael Moorrees
    12 ditë më parë

    2:20 - Treeshrews are not rodents. two separate orders. Google "order" as an animal category.

  39. aaryan joshy
    aaryan joshy
    12 ditë më parë

    finally, animals got public toilets

  40. Ferry Wijaya
    Ferry Wijaya
    12 ditë më parë

    Another thing to be proud about from Indonesia's biodiversity. Pitcher plant? More like toilet plant...

  41. Cleeon Virlief
    Cleeon Virlief
    12 ditë më parë

    Pitcher plants of Borneo really show a dedication in nature

  42. kailanGoreng
    12 ditë më parë

    one very important point as to why there are so many types of carnivorous plants in Borneo is due to the fact that despite being a tropical rainforest, the soil is very poor in nutrient. and since it's very old (the rainforest), plants and animals have unique ways to adapt and survive with it's very limited resources.

  43. R BAS3L
    R BAS3L
    12 ditë më parë

    I had to read the title like 4 times before I realized it wasn’t “caronavirus” plants.. fml

    1. Cleeon Virlief
      Cleeon Virlief
      12 ditë më parë

      Oohh.. Men, i'm sure the pandemic was over

  44. Brenda Krieger
    Brenda Krieger
    12 ditë më parë

    Really fascinating🌻

  45. Tundra1232
    12 ditë më parë

    Crab Check: No. There are no crabs in this video.

  46. CFV
    12 ditë më parë

    wait, don't all plants actually eat feces?

    1. Liam’s Carnivorous Plants
      Liam’s Carnivorous Plants
      12 ditë më parë

      more or less, but these plants actually use digestive enzymes to eat it

  47. Yusuf Maulana
    Yusuf Maulana
    12 ditë më parë

    Natural toilet seems legit. Let's convert our toilet to this.

  48. TheEtienneDavis
    12 ditë më parë

    Lowes? No, it’s Low-ee-Eye if that makes sense

    1. Phillip M.
      Phillip M.
      12 ditë më parë

      "Lowe's" as in belonging to Lowe. Common names suck lmao

  49. Influx27
    12 ditë më parë

    Yum. Poopy!

  50. Ff Tg
    Ff Tg
    12 ditë më parë

    plants went mgtow

  51. Terry English
    Terry English
    12 ditë më parë

    I can't decide to name my Punk Rock band "Flesh or Feces" or save it for our Album title.

  52. v3onz
    12 ditë më parë

    Mannn.. frick figs

  53. Dan Cresnjovec
    Dan Cresnjovec
    12 ditë më parë

    What happens when you give those plants human poop??

  54. New Moon
    New Moon
    12 ditë më parë

    Little Shop of Horrors did warn us.

  55. Windowsill Nepenthes
    Windowsill Nepenthes
    12 ditë më parë

    Nice video! De-dramatizing the plants haha :)

  56. Semaj_502
    12 ditë më parë

    So nature invented toilets way before we did

  57. JazzyFizzleDrummers
    13 ditë më parë

    Some bromiliads do this too with frogs

  58. Ryan Spencer
    Ryan Spencer
    13 ditë më parë

    You should do an episode about the research David Sinclair has conducted in the Havard lab about rejuvenation and longevity! An out-there subject in science, that is very interesting! I hope that yall will make one about it soon. I saw that you made one about telomeres about 8 years ago.

  59. Herbert Fawcett
    Herbert Fawcett
    13 ditë më parë


  60. takkiemon
    13 ditë më parë

    I hope the AntsCanada channel has a video about diving ants! :O It probably would be way too complicated to take care of a terrarium filled with diving ants, nepenthes and other organisms needed for the foodchain.

  61. Elaine B
    Elaine B
    13 ditë më parë

    Been after SciShow Poo for ages yaiy!!!

  62. AyyLmao
    13 ditë më parë

    Imagine being that plant, what a life that would be, nature's toilet.

  63. Suhail Rahmetulla
    Suhail Rahmetulla
    13 ditë më parë

    That is how the Tree Shrew

  64. David Miscarriage
    David Miscarriage
    13 ditë më parë

    haha Veganism is soooo out. The real Hipsters now practise Feceism...

  65. digimanga
    13 ditë më parë

    Man these plants didn't meet their needs, they meat their needs.

  66. weakpig
    13 ditë më parë

    nature toilet - i'm gonna dump a load next time i go jungle

  67. La Sphynge
    La Sphynge
    13 ditë më parë

    Props on keeping a straight face (and voice) while saying "fully mature shrew toilet", among other gems. I wonder how many takes it took to make this episode! I think I'd never make it. :P

  68. saucerjess
    13 ditë më parë


  69. totalfreedom45
    13 ditë më parë

    Coevolution at work here! *_Nothing_* goes to waste in nature. 💩 💕 ☮ 🌎 🌌

  70. Raum Bances
    Raum Bances
    13 ditë më parë

    Well, you can only eat an animal once. Kudos to random mutation for correctly shaping pitchers to attract nitrogen producing animals in specific ways without actually knowing what nitrogen is, understanding an excretion process, echo location or being aware of the particular animals and their sizes.

  71. proxima centauri
    proxima centauri
    13 ditë më parë

    This channel has more narrators' faces than the images about the topics. Please step up your quality. There are many lesser known science channels (and has fewer subcsriptions) with animation.

  72. Gabriel Andrade Ferraz
    Gabriel Andrade Ferraz
    13 ditë më parë

    as a wise man once said: "if there is a hole in nature, someone will find it , and poop in it."

  73. Vicary A
    Vicary A
    13 ditë më parë

    So basically diving ants eat poop soup

  74. Ruslan Yagofarov
    Ruslan Yagofarov
    13 ditë më parë

    -Money- Nitrogen does not stink

  75. TheDarkever
    13 ditë më parë

    Evolution is so incredibly amusing in its inventiveness! ...even when it's about using poop as nutrients ;P

  76. utsavman47
    13 ditë më parë


  77. Marc
    13 ditë më parë

    Life is so fascinating and complex And wierdo We need to be thankful for this life on this planet .. honestly.. its not about religion or where you from, you only got one life so enjoy and make it enjoyable for others, if its just not burning down the forest that holds poopeating flowers..

  78. Hologram Wrath
    Hologram Wrath
    13 ditë më parë

    Vegans in a nutshell

  79. R
    13 ditë më parë

    Well the traps ARE shaped like toilets so might as well 🤷🏼‍♀️

  80. Ian Smith
    Ian Smith
    13 ditë më parë

    Nothing like a toilet shaped plant 🪴

  81. Austin
    13 ditë më parë

    Very nice. I too am an expert in poop stuff. I just had a crazy diarhea and boi my research shows that poop is faster than lightning.

  82. Alexander Weixelbaumer
    Alexander Weixelbaumer
    13 ditë më parë

    Look at me - I'm the toilet now!

    1. Wite Rabid
      Wite Rabid
      11 ditë më parë


  83. Eric Nash
    Eric Nash
    13 ditë më parë

    You tell me that there are plants that "eat" poop; yeah sure nature is weird I'll believe it. But then you show them to me and these plants actually loOK LIKE TOILETS! WTF?!

    13 ditë më parë

    Oh, that's why they look like a toilet bowl...

  85. 7MonarC
    13 ditë më parë

    Humans, take note.

  86. Michael LaPina
    Michael LaPina
    13 ditë më parë

    I dunno, sounds like a pretty shitty diet.

    1. Sci Show
      Sci Show
      13 ditë më parë

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    2. Sci Show
      Sci Show
      13 ditë më parë


  87. isaac duran
    isaac duran
    13 ditë më parë

    In Homer's voice][ Mmmmmmmm pooooop

  88. God
    13 ditë më parë

    next time i walk in Borneo i know where to poop let help nature XD

  89. Stephanie D'Souza
    Stephanie D'Souza
    13 ditë më parë

    How do you guys research these topics?

    1. Stephanie D'Souza
      Stephanie D'Souza
      13 ditë më parë

      @Sci Show Sigh. I got a near heart-attack thinking SciShow actually replied to me. Stop scamming under their name yo

  90. elder bastard
    elder bastard
    13 ditë më parë

    it's a toilet. oh my god. nature made a real actual toilet. it's not right, I dont trust evolution at all

  91. Ledfndr
    13 ditë më parë

    but how does the plant even know whereabouts the shrew's ass is, or how to may be shaped, in order to form the correct type of shrew-a-potty???

  92. shift shaper
    shift shaper
    13 ditë më parë

    bats sleeping in pitcher plants is adorable

  93. David
    13 ditë më parë

    What would happen if humans pooped into one of them?

  94. William Fuchs
    William Fuchs
    13 ditë më parë

    These “living toilets” are gonna be used by me in either a fantasy story where a nature tech society has large toilet picture plants in place of our toilets or maybe a future scifi where we genetically engineer one of these plants for a future version of toilet

    1. William Fuchs
      William Fuchs
      13 ditë më parë

      @Sci Show what!

  95. Lali Cicek
    Lali Cicek
    13 ditë më parë

    Such a nice symbiosis Thank you for that :))

  96. Gibbelblonk
    13 ditë më parë

    SciShow? more like ShitShow

    1. Sci Show
      Sci Show
      13 ditë më parë

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      Sci Show
      13 ditë më parë


  97. Lunar Squid
    Lunar Squid
    13 ditë më parë

    "vegan plant"

  98. spiker-wave
    13 ditë më parë

    My brain read Coronavirus Plants 🤦

  99. Draxion
    13 ditë më parë

    I wish we had natural toilets..

  100. P Heart
    P Heart
    13 ditë më parë

    The last one is almost a doctrine of signatures setup.