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. SpiderBasher

    Bet none of them are male funnel web spiders during mating season – I hope not.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    I have nothing against anyone GAY,Male or Female.I understand Lesbianism but .I went for my yearly Prostrate examination.I after all these years I stillcan not understand how gay men find pleasure in the anal act.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • pete

      your an idiot

      November 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      You read a story about spiders and all you can think about is your prostate exam? Thats a little wierd Frank.

      November 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      ...obviously who ever did what to you was an amateur...the story here is deadly spiders for charity though..not spiders that tickle the .

      November 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John - NJ

    God does not Hate!!!!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      Wrong. . . God DOES hate. Read Malachi 1:2-3.

      November 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phildaman

    how is he showering during the three weeks???

    November 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • NukemHill

      Why do you think the spiders are avoiding him?

      November 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LD GIBBS 999

    Ive been cast into a den of spiders because I am a Cherokee with antlers trying to get some real feedback. I can't even post a comment about my own family. I'll sit with the Spider's next to this Charity man. You bunch of wannabee Nebbies.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jasmine

    woah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nasty!!!! haah

    November 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chaly Yang

    Very werid for a guy to do that stunt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. maden

    I do not like spiders. I wish I did but ... eek!

    November 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GG

    Good grief. This was about a guy doing something crazy to raise money for a charity not about whether or not God hates gays. Can't people just stay on the subject matter?

    November 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chaly Yang

    This guy was so crazy f*** him

    November 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jasmine Manislovich

    hey, i think this is very nice of the man to do this all for charity![:

    November 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. steve

    The black house spider's bite is painful but benign as far as I know. The redback is a member of the widow family, and can cause a painful bite with systemic effects, but rarely fatal. Huntsman spiders are large, strong, and can jump. The worst part is that they hold on tight while biting repeatedly. The huntsman's bite is painful, but not fatal. Eleven-inch specimens have been found in northern Laos. My wife reminds me now that her grandfather (in Thailand) used to gather tarantulas to eat!! That was thirty years ago. Apparently they were fried in oil.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    Stu and Brad.
    You two are really clueless.Read a history book.There was a war in Vietam in 1963 to 1974.55K U.S. Soldiers PLUS were KILLED and MIA.I was there.I see you two losers are not in IRAQ or Afganistan serving your country so spare me your BS.

    November 15, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Dude, get over it. Nobody cares about your vietnamese spiders.

      November 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yankee Doodle

    OK, this shouldn't have anything to do with religion or the military, however that is all you Americans like to focus on EVER! Wake up and join Earth!

    November 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
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