A taxidermist who caught what he believes is the world’s biggest centipede said the 14.5 inch creature ‘stood up like a cobra’ when he caught it.
Brave Clayton Cambra came across the enormous insect in a wooded area close to his home in Honokaa, Hawaii last month.
Cambra says he is ‘fascinated by ugly creatures’ – and so promptly fetched a bucket to catch the critter.
He told the Hawaii Tribune Herald: ‘He stood up in the 5-gallon bucket like a cobra. Standin’ right up. It’s creepy.
‘He crawled out of that bucket four or five times before I got him here.’
The taxidermist and tanner was keen to preserve the specimen, so killed it in a freezer, before thawing it out and injecting it with formaldehyde to preserve it.
Hardy Cambra admitted that even he is scared by the centipede.
He believes it is record-breakingly large, and is at least three inches longer than the 11 inch specimen that currently holds that title.
The animal buff, who has rejected a $1,000 offer for the creature said: ‘It’s a monster. Even when it was dead, I was nervous touching it.
‘I don’t want to sell it. If I get rid of it, I ain’t got it. I want to keep it.
‘People collect all kinds of things.
‘I know people on the computer (who) collect these alive and keep ’em as pets. I don’t want that damn thing alive.’
Dan Rubinoff from the University of Hawaii Insect Museum agreeing that it could well be a record-breaker.
He said: ‘It’s definitely got to be the largest individual I’ve ever seen of it.
‘I get them in in my yard all the time, 6 to maybe 7 inches. Definitely, I’ve never seen one that big.’