Xanthe's are a reclusive species and are thus hard to find, hence some tales that Xanthes are actully an urban legend.
In the wild they will often be spotted sporting all black atire and will usually be adorned by a ciggarette in one hand and a half drunken bottle of wine in the other.
The bottle of wine is used as part of a complex mating ritual. Xanthes generally have a very low alcohol tolerence and upon consuming a small amount will cause them to go into heat. The mating display of a Xanthe generally involves throughrelly licking the face of her chosen mate but will often make advances on many others before settling down to just one.
The ciggarettes, however, are not just for show. Xanthes are very tempermental and have been known to lash out and use said ciggarette as a weapon, especially when they feel threatened or simply just bored. It is for this reason only experienced hunters should attempt to approach a Xanthe. Amature hunters should not under any circumstances attempt to approach, especially during early spring when it is liekly that the Xanthe is guarding her nest.
Between 40 and 50 Xanthe related deaths occur every year world wide.
- Extract from 'Amazing Stories of Survival'