"Have you ever stuck your tongue to a nine-volt battery and gotten that biting/tickling feeling?" asks Lady Markette. "Now amplify that by a thousand. The sensations can range from 'Oh, my fucking God!' to 'purrrrrrrrrrr,' from sweet and light to feeling like someone is carving your spine out of your body with a light saber." It's sensual, yes, but the body's natural reactions don't always stay static. "Electrical play produces a type of pain/sensation that you are not able to build up a resistance to, so it is always intense," she notes.

Adds Mistress Saskia, "I run the current through my hands and brush my hands over someone's skin while I'm conducting electricity, which means I am feeling the same tingles and zaps as the other person is. I am a conduit."

Habitat Range: They tend to group near power sources, like electrical outlets.

Field Notes: These electro-sexual mammals are visible in the dark.

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Food Players

Description: Food play is a form of erotic fetishism involving preparing, serving, eating or even making sweet love with food. It's artistically used in kink scenes involving objectification and can produce sensations with tactile, aromatic and visual appeal.

Daisy, a 29-year-old kinkster, has a soft spot for sweets. "Let's turn a person into a tray for sushi, or desserts, or tasty snacks!" she says. "You can also turn your partner into a cupcake by putting frosting and sprinkles all over them and licking it off!" She loves the intense feelings of food on body: "Whether it's cold wasabi being spread on my thighs or a warm cake and frosting covering my chest, the physical sensations contribute to this happy little place my brain goes to."

There are many unhappy misconceptions about food play, though. "People think of sploshing, which is usually about getting messy and covered in food," Daisy says. "I think that's all part of it, but for me the biggest thing is being this pretty object that people can eat off of, lick or bite."

Habitat Range: Food players form a migratory pattern from the kitchen area to the play area and back again with frequency.

Field Notes: These mammals are omnivores that thrive on carnal knowledge. They are close to their food sources and tend to be quite charismatic creatures.

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Rope Players

Description: Rope bondage or rope play is the use of rope to tie, wrap, bind or dress the body, with most modern techniques derived from shibari: artistic Japanese bondage centered on aesthetic appeal.

"The style of rope bondage that I do is very practical and uses few to no actual knots, so when I tie the person I'm working with, I actually don't have a predetermined plan of how it is going to go, other than saying 'chest tie,' 'hogtie' or 'suspension,'" says Colorado Rigging Kinkster, a male in his early twenties. "It just has its own voice and it uses my hands to speak, and a lot of the time the end product is something beautiful and unique to the bottom. I started practicing my art when the girl I was seeing was binding herself up before bed every night. I was not even old enough to vote then, but it was my first experience with something so...intoxicating."

Sadly, rope play is often misconstrued. "As kids, we were taught that the bad guys tie up their victims," he notes. "Or that it's about autoerotic asphyxiation. There is a more sensual and aesthetically pleasing aspect to rope bondage, and those who practice it have a good understanding of that side of it."

Habitat Range: At the Sanctuary, they tend to occupy the areas near the racks and the giant cage, and occasionally the rafters.

Field Notes: These mammals are bound to keep the herd tied up and tend to be easy to capture.

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Slide show: The Denver Kink Field Guide

Blood Players

Description: Blood fetishism, or hematolagnia, is getting aroused and/or stimulated from playing with, in, on or around blood, human or otherwise. Is this considered edge play? Most definitely.

Blood players Das Boot Man and his nineteen-year-old wife, Blood-n-Scars, recently did a public blood-play scene using several gallons of cow's blood that they bought from H Mart. As twenty-year-old Das describes his scene experience: "I was naked, with a gas mask over my head, on my knees with my wife behind me, staring at all the people staring at us. Everything went silent. I started breathing heavily. The adrenaline was at an all-time high. Then it came: It was freezing-cold blood being poured on me, over my back, down my shoulder, dripping off my chest — it started pooling at my knees. This high is greater than any drug. I looked up at my lover, covered in blood — she was more beautiful than ever."

Das prefers human blood, though, specifically his own, and is confident that blood play is safe. "Neither of us was hurt in any way whatsoever," he says. "Donating blood is more dangerous than any scene we have ever done."

He started doing blood play in high school "to freak out the norms," he recalls, adding that "idiots and stupid high-school emo-fucktards" should stay away from blood play.

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