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. Shinobi1

    Reading this article. Only one species of the spiders mentioned in this article are poisonous to humans. The is the redback relative to the Black Widow spider in the US. The other spider the Huntsman and blackhouse cannot kill a human. Their bite will cause pain and irritation but, a cold pack will suffice. Unless youre allergic then thats a whole other story. Lastly NONE of these species are aggressive now on the other hand if he had some funnel web spiders in there he would have already been gone

    November 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnrj08

      Absolutely correct. The Sidney Funnel Web spider has 1/4" fangs and can put them through a leather boot. When it does, you're dead in 30 minutes without the anti-venom. And they are VERY aggressive. If you move, they will come after you. Known for biting and killing toddlers in Australia.

      November 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |

    Hi, I live three weeks into the future but I thought I'd pop in to read you all "today's" headline here:

    Thank you....oh....and by the way.....tomorrow's Mega Millions winning numbers are 13 17 25 38 44 – 06

    November 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Debbie

    Good for him, may he and his spidy friends make lots of money for the tots!

    November 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Christian

    someone actually does something good in the news and you people have to complain about it...I personally think God would love people raising money for charity...Jesus did miracles benefitting the poor and outcasts, and you're saying God would hate this...what's wrong with that line of thinking?

    November 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    lol, the first comment is worth reading just because its so funny.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. methmatics

    I love lamp.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gay Spider

    For God sakes leave us gay spiders alone!

    November 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. brotherboy

    I wonder if there are any Christian spiders. Now THOSE would be mean!

    November 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WookaWooka

    Did they put a link to donate to the charity?? I think it's a pretty cool idea and would like to give him some dolla bills.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Richardson

    Brown recluse and black widow spiders can be deadly and occur above the equator. They are also shy, however, and fairly easily avoided. Funnel web and wandering spiders are big, deadly and AGGRESSIVE. I HOPE he doesn't have any of THOSE in there with him.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. spidebite

    With a name like Nick Le Souef he's gotta be gay ... or French ... so why is he in Australia where we know from the Bible there are no Gays or French (Lespidercus 2:15)? Must be a Tea Party thing.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    Why are you people sputtering and muttering about god and other such stuff? This is a spider story and it is a bit overblown. The Huntsman is not dangerous to humans, the Blackhouse spider is also not dangerous to humans, and the Redback, though about as dangerous as a black widow is still not very dangerous to a healthy human. In short NONE of the spiders in that storefront are deadly to humans unless the human is immune compromised or very sick already.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bob

    Does god hate gay spiders?

    November 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • brotherboy

      Of course. P.S. Is there really a god to begin with? And if so, were all spiders created equal? And furthermore . . . oh, never mind.

      November 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fredo

    Unlees he is sleeping with 100 sidney funnel web spiders, 100 black widows and a couple hundred brown recluse, he is not really in danger unless he is allergic.

    November 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • 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 widow and about 50 cougars.

      November 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
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