Here is Ginger, who was to be my Avatar buit unfortunately she did not show up very well. As you can see she is a real red head and has quite a well formed body. She is also a very fast mover and like all nice ladies she loves a tickle. Her real name is Citharischius crawshayi and she comes from Central Kenya. This is a very deep burrowing species that needs a considerable amount of substrate in her home. This enables her to burrow and make a chamber where she lives, but put a cricket or a locust in the tank and out she comes like a bullet from a gun. She can be quite a noisy eater though and not somebody you would take out to dinner on your first date!! This one is Emily. Now she is really pleased to be my Avatar. She thought that she had lost out to Ginger but when I told her that Dave Watts had said that Ginger was too dull and that she had been made my Avatar, she jumped up in the air and said. 'I must meet this man and give him a BIG SUCK!!' So Davey baby look out. Her real name is Euathlus emilia but I originally knew her as Brachypelma emilia. Again she is a burrowing species who likes a deep substrate but she comes from Mexico not Kenya. They do not like bright lights, and consequently their home must be in a dark corner and should have no daylight falling on it. They are very gentle when mating which is a lot different from some of the species I have kept. Finally, at least for this post, meet Zee. Isn't she lovely. Called the Zebra Tarantula for obvious reasons. Now she likes it HOT and Humid, in fact I think that she is a sauna babe and would like to live with a man who owns a hot tub. Dave, do you own a hot tub? If you do, then this is the one for you. Unfortunately although she is very keen on the male of the species, and they are rather shy and back away from sexual encounters. This makes mating difficult. Real name Aphonopelma seemanni. The reason she likes it hot and humid is that she comes from the Gallery forests and scrub regions of the Pacific lowlands of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras. It is an easy spider to keep and recommended for beginners where as Ginger and Emily are for experts in the field. When you try to get a pair to mate it is most important to make damn sure that the male has somewhere to hide or flee after the deed is done. You must also leave them together for a few days after a successful mating so that he can apologise to her being a little amorous. Most species are not like this. More like Australians. Wham Bang and Thank You Mam!! Well that is it for now. Later on you can meet Freda, Lassie, Trinny and last but by no means least the infamous GROTTY. Best wishes Bob F.