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"I caught a snail! Hey, this isn't a bug!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a snail! Escargot? Escarg-NO!" —Wild World
"I caught a snail! Seriously, though... Could you fail to catch a snail?" —City Folk
"I caught a snail! Ok, well, maybe I found a snail." —New Leaf
Snail NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Helix pomatia
Family: Helicidae - Land Snails
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese カタツムリ
Korean 달팽이
Italian Chiocciola
German Schnecke

Simplified Chinese 蜗牛
French Escargot
Spanish Caracol
Dutch Slak

Traditional Chinese 蝸牛
Quebec French Escargot
Latin American Spanish Caracol
Russian Улитка

The Snail (カタツムリ, Katatsumuri) is a small mollusk that can be found moving slowly across flowers or Hibiscus Bushes during rainy weather. When caught, it hides within its protective shell. If a player disturbs it, the snail retreats into its shell, falls, and disappears.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a snail! It's...not much to brag about."

Time of Year North: All year
South: All year
Time of Day All day
Location On rocks and bushes
Total Catch 0
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 250 Bells
Flick NH Character Icon.png Flick99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 375 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

A snail on some roses.

As with all insects in the Animal Crossing series, the Snail can be donated to the museum, by talking to Blathers who will give the player a small talk about it.

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Let me make one thing perfectly clear:snails are not insects. Snails are members of the mollusk, wot! They are related to oysters, clams and more obviously to slugs. It's a well-known fact, you can't pick your relatives. Snails have soft bodies, which are protected by hard shells, and their eyes are on the tips of their tentacles. I've pondered from time to time, if one pulled a snail from its shell, would it then become a slug? Blech! The very thought of touching that slimy, mucous-covered body...Most foul! Utterly nauseating!"

In Wild World[edit]

"I should inform you, some cultures consider snails a delicacy... That means that someone, somewhere, would eat this. How I fear for that person."

In City Folk[edit]

"Ah, if you didn't know, here's a fact for you... Removing a snail's shell doesn't make it a slug! If you did try to pull off a snail's shell-- which I surely DO NOT condone-- its insides would spill out... I... Just got a mental picture of that. I fear I shall never eat again!"

Snails can be found on the upper terrace of the insect exhibit, on the flowers to the right hand side.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon being donated, the Snail can be found in the room of the bug exhibit with the light in it, resting on a hibiscus bush near the light.

"Snails are mollusks that live on land and are related to shellfish like clams and oysters. One snail can play the role of both a male and a female, so it can lay eggs all by itself. Newly hatched snails already have a tiny shell, so right from birth they are easily identified. Most species have clockwise spirals on their shells, though spirals that go counterclockwise are possible."

In New Horizons[edit]

Once donated, the snail can be found in the butterfly room of the museum, next to the blue and purple flower bushes.

"Snails are not insects, I'll admit. But they're just as revolting to me. Snails are mollusks, you see, and are born wearing shells they cannot remove. Instead, their shells get bigger and biggers as they grow. Hoo! They must get heavy, don't you know! I suppose that's why they need a trail of mucus to move about. A truly foul form of transportation.

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Snail WW Sprite.png    ''They have tiny, tiny teeth--20,000 of them--which they scrape across their food to eat."
  • Size- 45 mm
  • Season- Spring and summer
  • Time- Warm, rainy days

City Folk[edit]

Snail CF Icon.png     ''These grind their food up, using their 20,000 teeth like a file."
  • Size- About 45 mm
  • Season- Spring to fall
  • Time- All day

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese カタツムリ

Korean 달팽이

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
蜗牛 / 蝸牛

Russian Улитка

Dutch Slak Snail

German Schnecke Snail

European Spanish Caracol Snail

European French Escargot Snail

Italian Chiocciola Snail

Real-world information[edit]

Helix pomatia, also known as the edible snail or escargot (French for "snail"), is a species of snail that is sometimes farmed for eating. It is found throughout Europe, but was introduced to Britain by the Romans. They appear on bushes when it is raining.


The snail is the only catchable bug in the series that is not in the Arthropoda phylum of animals.