Snapping turtle

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Artwork of snapping turtle
Real-world info
Name: Chelydra serpentina
(common snapping turtle)

Family: Chelydridae (snapping turtles)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Tortue serpentine
 Tortue serpentine
 Tortuga mordedora
 Tortuga mordedora
 Tartaruga azzannatrice
 Каймановая черепаха

The snapping turtle is a type of fish introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It appears as a large shadow that can be found in rivers from 9 PM to 4 AM from mid spring to mid fall.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


Snapping turtle
"I caught a snapping turtle! How can it snap without fingers?"

Time of year North: Apr – Oct
South: Oct – Apr
Time of day 9 PM – 4 AM
Location River
Shadow size Large
Rarity Common
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 5,000 Bells
 C.J. 7,500 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"The snapping turtle is a large turtle known for its crocodile-like body and long claws. No, wait—it is better known for its ferocious bite, which it can deliver with shocking speed for a turtle. NO, WAIT—it is BEST known for that time one chased me across a parking lot and I had to climb on top of a car."

When donated, it can be found in the larger pond of the fish exhibit, standing on top of a log that appears once the snapping turtle is donated.



  • When placed down, the snapping turtle does not have any form of tank or container, simply staying in place. If interacted with, it hisses and snaps its jaws.

Real-world information[edit]

The common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is native to North America and can be found east of the Continental Divide throughout the United States and parts of Canada. It is known for being highly combative out of water, with powerful beak-like jaws that it is named for, but they are more passive in the water, preferring to hide in the mud instead.

More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese カミツキガメ
Snapping turtle

Korean 늑대거북
Snapping turtle

Simplified Chinese 拟鳄龟
Snapping turtle (lit. "alligator-like turtle")

Traditional Chinese 擬鱷龜

Russian Каймановая черепаха
Kaymanovaya cherepakha
Snapping turtle (lit. "Caiman turtle")

Dutch Bijtschildpad Snapping turtle (lit. "bite turtle")

German Schnappschildkröte Snapping turtle

European Spanish Tortuga mordedora (lit. “biter turtle”) Snapping turtle

European French Tortue serpentine Snapping turtle (lit. "snake-like turtle")

Italian Tartaruga azzannatrice Snapping turtle (lit. "biting turtle")