Giant Snakehead

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"I caught a giant snakehead! Yup! A giant snakehead. Who names these things?" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a giant snakehead! ACK! It's got a huge head!" —Wild World
"I caught a giant snakehead! No puny snakeheads for me!" —City Folk
"I caught a giant snakehead! But where's the rest of the snake?" —New Leaf
Giant Snakehead
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Scientific name Channa micropeltes
Family Channidae - Snakeheads
Time of year June to August
Time of day 9 AM to 4 PM
Location River
Size 85 cm
Shadow size Very Large
Rarity Rare
Selling price 6,500 Bells (Animal Crossing)
5,500 Bells (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Giant Snakehead (ライギョ, Raigyo) is the daytime counterpart of the Gar. They can be sold for 5,500 bells in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and 6,500 in Animal Crossing. They are found between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., from June to August.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

Upon the players' donating the snakehead to the Museum, Blathers says the following:

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"What a stupendous beast! It must have taken great effort to land this fearsome creature, eh wot? I've heard that giant snakehead carry parasites. Be sure to throughly cook them before eating. Blech! Parasites! Of course, we'll accept this one. Have no worries, we'll take special care of it.

In Wild World[edit]

"I firmly believe the best way to prepare a fish is the way the locals do it... Based on that philosophy chili-pepper flakes are a must with giant snakehead! And if you notice one shaking chili flakes On YOU, might I suggest fleeing?"

In City Folk[edit]

"...What a giant snakehead! These fish are notorious for their tremendous appetites, eh wot? Much like a snake, once one of these grabs its prey, naught can convince it to let go... I should think a few well-placed owl kicks might convince it, should one ever take a liking to me! In any case, this fish doesn't hunt all year 'round. It hates the cold and hibernates through winter. I've come up with a smashing nickname for it... "The Scourge of Summer!" Marvelous, eh wot?"

After donation, the giant snakehead can be found in the big, left-hand fish tank with other river fish.

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Giant Snakehead WW.png ''Their name comes from their snakelike look. Their teeth are strong, so watch your fingers."
  • Size- 0.8 m
  • Habitat- Ponds
  • Season- Summer

City Folk[edit]

Giant snakehead (City Folk).png ''These are named for how they look. Watch your digits near those sharp teeth!"
  • Size- About 86 cm
  • Habitat- River pool
  • Season- Summer

Further information[edit]

A real life Giant Snakehead.

The giant snakehead is the largest in the family Channidae, capable of growing to over one meter in length (three feet) and a weight of over 20 kilograms (40 pounds). They are predators, and they can consume organisms ranging from small fish to other snakeheads.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Cabeza serpiente Literally, "Snake head".
French Gobie géant Giant goby