November 15th, 2010
01:05 PM ET

Man living in shop window with 400 deadly spiders

Nick Le Souef is living with dangerous spiders for three weeks for charity.

Forget bedbugs in New York, imagine dealing with deadly spiders - 400 of them everywhere.

Now, picture waking up each day surrounded by them for three weeks while living in the confines of a storefront window.

It may sound like something only a crazy person would do - but it's actually all a part of Nick Le Souef's plan to help a charity.

The Melbourne man, who by the way told reporters he doesn't "like spiders all that much," is being dubbed Australia's very own Spiderman for his attempt to break a record he set 30 years ago - and raise $50,000 for a children's charity.

"I'm not afraid of them, but it's just that I'm not overly keen on them," the 67-year-old told the Australian Broadcasting Company.

Le Souef originally planned to do the stunt with snakes but was not allowed.

According to Australian media reports, the number of creatures has dwindled a bit after some began to turn on each other - a sign things may get more difficult for him, some say.

Le Souef says the incident doesn't worry him and he isn't afraid of being surrounded by the dangerous blackhouse, redback and huntsmen spiders.

"Redbacks are very calm," he said. " Once they make their webs and their sort of little nests, they don't move around," he said.

soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Sam

    Anyone associated with these nasty eight-legged freaks is not getting christmas card from me.

    November 16, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. kristina

    i hope he raises alot of money for his cause. but, with spiders! yikes!

    November 16, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. swap42

    How is this one of the top news stories?

    November 16, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rashad griffen

    that some crazy stuff

    November 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rashad griffen

    call me at 18153668937 and I lve with a lot of spider 500 to be exzact

    November 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rashad griffen

    some one call the police we have a freck here

    November 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Not so Gay Spider

    I’m not so fond of the idea of sleeping with 100 Sydney funnel web spiders or the couple hundred brown recluse. But I sure could go for sleeping with a 100 black widows, a 100 white widows and about 50 cougars.

    November 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • K.B.

      you can keep the black ones.

      November 18, 2010 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. blendi


    November 16, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Charly

    Here is another twisted sport....

    November 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. glynn

    There are no deadly venemous spiders north of the equator? You sure? Cuz I'm pretty sure I can hunt in my house in portland oregon and find a couple diff species black widows and brown reclouses being the best known. And apparently you have never been to florida or arizona or texas or new mexico or louisiana... Or pretty much any of the southern us states...

    November 17, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jise

    I think the story is strange.the story is just an ordinary story,it is a reality for some people

    November 17, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. batman

    owl man is my enemy

    November 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sagey

    isnt this about spiders.....?

    November 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. obama

    what if one of the spiders crawled in his but while he was sleeping and ate his insides

    November 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. slomosis

    YAHWEHLIVES, everybodylives,me,you,it. EVERYTHING, now go some where and live!

    November 20, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
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