Hilo, HI (AP) – A Big Island resident has a centipede that’s more than 1 foot long (30 centimeters long) on display at his home.
Retired taxidermist Clayton Cambra spotted the 14.5-inch (37-centimeter) insect in woods behind his home and decided to capture it with a bucket, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Sunday.
Cambra said the venomous arthropod stood up “like a cobra’’ when he captured it.
“Standin’ right up. It’s creepy,’’ Cambra said. “He crawled out of that bucket four or five times before I got him here.’’
He got the centipede inside a plastic bag and froze it in his freezer.
Cambra then thawed the centipede, pinned it to a Styrofoam board and injected it with formaldehyde.
“It’s a monster. Even when it was dead, I was nervous touchin’ it,’’ Cambra said.
Cambra said he rejected a $1,000 offer for the centipede.
“I don’t want to sell it,’’ Cambra said. “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.’’