Clayton Cambra is 65, he owned a taxidermy shop for much of his life and he has the best moustache in all of Hawaii.
Clayton says he's "fascinated by ugly creatures", which is really lucky because he's stumbled on a GODDAMN HUGE CENTIPEDE. Apparently, the spiky little dude was spotted rustling around at the bottom of his garden so Clayton did what any of us would do (???) and grabbed a bucket and got involved. Cambra literally just grabbed the venomous centipede and tried to cram him into the bucket
“He stood up in the 5-gallon bucket like a cobra. Standin’ right up. It’s creepy,” Cambra told the Tribune-Herald Thursday. “He crawled out of that bucket four or five times before I got him here. I put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. Then after it died, I took it out and thawed it. And the next day, I put him on a piece of Styrofoam board and pinned him out and injected him with formaldehyde.”
The huge invertebrate measures 14.5 inches from the tips of its antennae to the horribly fuzzy stubs at the end of its body. Did I mention I hate centipedes? Millipedes are even worse. The thought of all the legs skittering and wiggling as they wind their way through my brain aaaagghhhh. On Clayton's Facebook page he says the official world record is 11 inches, and he's mounted the nightmare creature in a box 16 inches long that it almost fills. Cambra wants to help us all sleep at night so he went on to say “It’s a monster. Even when it was dead, I was nervous touchin’ it. It’s definitely got to be the largest individual I’ve ever seen". I mean, at least its the largest? That means there can't be many more that are bigger, right?
The current Guinness World Record for the largest centipede is a 10 inch Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede found in Venezuela. Cambra's little friend appears to be a Vietnamese centipede, among the largest examples of centipedes who usually attack insects and spiders, though they are aggressive enough that they will go after mice and reptiles. Wonderful!