Spotted garden eel

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Spotted Garden Eel NH Icon.png Spotted garden eel  
Artwork of spotted garden eel
Real-world info
Name: Heteroconger hassi
Family: Congridae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Anguille de jardin
 Anguila jardinera
 Anguilla di giardino
 Леопардовый угорь
 Anguille de jardin
 Anguila jardinera
 Gevlekte buisaal

The spotted garden eel (チンアナゴ, Chin'anago) is a type of sea creature introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, spotted garden eels were added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020, where it appears from 4 AM to 9 PM as a small, slow shadow from late spring to mid fall. It is the only sea creature in the game to appear exclusively during the 4 AM to 9 PM timeframe.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Spotted garden eel
"I got a spotted garden eel! Who'll water its garden now?"

Time of year All year (only on Tortimer Island)
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Stationary
Sea creature size 17 cm
Selling price  600 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Spotted garden eel
"I got a spotted garden eel! Was it un-spotted before I saw it?"

Time of year North: May – Oct
South: Nov – Apr
Time of day 4 AM – 9 PM
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Slow
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling price  1,100 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donating a spotted garden eel to the museum, it can be found in the large pool in the first room of the Sea exhibit, along with many other species of sea creature. It is found in the corner near the big rock close to the enterance of the large saltwater exhibit. The exhibit has this to say about the Eel:

"Spotted garden eels get their name from the black spots on their otherwise white bodies. They nest in the sandy seafloor and poke their heads out to catch the plankton drifting in the current. They're rather shy, as they quickly dart back into their hole at the slightest hint of danger."

In New Horizons[edit]

"The spotted garden eel is a small eel-shaped fish that loves to burrow in the sandy ocean floor. These silly things are known for popping their heads out of the sand to nibble on plankton drifting by. Some say this makes them look like plants sprouting in a garden...hence the name spotted garden eel. But I think they look more like prairie dogs peeking out of desert hidey-holes. "Prairie eels" has a lovely ring to it, don't you think?"

Once donated, the spotted garden eel can be found in the coral reef tank, alongside the tiger prawn and the sea anemone.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a spotted garden eel, Chip will not score the sea creature but will say the following:

"Spotted garden eel, huh? I bet these make great tempura. Though I think everything makes great tempura. But me? I'm gonna swallow this guy whole, tempura or not! YUM!"


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese チンアナゴ
Spotted garden eel (lit. "Japanese spaniel burrow child")

Korean 가든일
Translation of English "garden eel"

Simplified Chinese 花园鳗
Garden eel

Traditional Chinese 花園鰻

Russian Леопардовый угорь
Leopardovyy ugor'
Leopard eel

Dutch Gevlekte buisaal Lit. "spotted pipe eel"

German Röhrenaal Garden eel, lit. "tube eel"

European Spanish Anguilla jardinera Garden eel

European French Anguille de jardin Garden eel

Italian Anguilla di giardino Garden eel