In short, it was a giant centipede, apparently of the scolopendra group, but of a form quite new to me.
"The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" by Sax Rohmer
Hashes of slug, Scolopendra or praying mantis furnish the same result.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
The genus Scolopendra includes some of the larger species of the order.
"Directions for Collecting and Preserving Insects" by C. V. Riley
The sea lion and the scolopendra
Lolling in sleep he sees
Strange in their ways, and the swift changes
Their landscape makes, from shells to trees.
"A Dream Observed" by Anne Ridler