Greetings. Welcome to Bitey's house. This section of my site is dedicated to the dear departed Bitey, our first tarantula. Almost three years ago now, Elizabeth came home from teachers convention with a big surprise; a Chilean Rose tarantula. In the dealers room at the convention there was a table set up by the man who runs the Creepy Crawly Zoo. He was selling some of the tarantulas he'd bred for his travelling educational program, and she couldn't resist bringing one home. And that's how my love of tarantulas began. We decided to name her Bitey from the Monorail episode of the Simpsons. When Marge opens the locker on the monorail she finds a family of possums inside, and Homer says "I call the big one Bitey".