‘World’s Biggest ‘Centipede Is As Aggressive As A Cobra

'World's biggest 'centipede is as aggressive as a cobra


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.’

'World's biggest 'centipede is as aggressive as a cobra
Clayton found the horrifying insect in the yard of his Hawaii home 

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.

'World's biggest 'centipede is as aggressive as a cobra
Giant centipedes are able to kill snakes and mice

‘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.’

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