Snow crab

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Artwork of snow crab
Real-world info
Name: Chionoecetes opilio
Family: Oregoniidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Crabe des neiges
 Cangrejo de nieve
 Granchio della neve
 Crabe des neiges
 Cangrejo de nieve

The snow crab (ズワイガニ, Zuwaigani) is a sea creature (fish in Pocket Camp) in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the snow crab was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update, where it appears all day long as a large, fast shadow from late fall to mid spring.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Snow crab
"I got a snow crab! 'Sno problem, really!"

Time of year Nov – Apr
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Shadow size Large
Shadow movement Uniform
Sea creature size 30 cm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  4,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Snow crab

Event availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Large
Fish size 31.1 cm - 40.8 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch rate Cannot be caught at this time
Selling price  1,500 Bells
Request reward  1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (30%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Snow crab
"I got a snow crab! It's giving me the cold shoulder."

Time of year North: Nov – Apr
South: May – Oct
Time of day All day
Shadow size Large
Shadow movement Fast
Spawn requirement Catch 40 total sea creatures
Selling price  6,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After the player donates a snow crab to the museum, it can be found in the large pool in the first room of the sea exhibit, along with the other crab species. The exhibit has this to say about the snow crab:

"Snow crabs live in the sea and are known mostly as a highly prized winter delicacy. When cooked, the typically dark-red shell turns to the beautiful bright-red color most commonly seen. They have a life span of 20 years and gradually grow bigger while periodically molting. If a leg is lost, it will grow back when molting occurs. The female is about half the size of the male."

In New Horizons[edit]

After the player donates a snow crab to the museum, it can be found in the far right aquarium in the second room/dark room of the sea exhibition.

"The snow crab truly lives up to its name, wot wot. They are most often found in cold northern seas. Some have even been discovered living in the Arctic Ocean! Indeed, snow crab prefer to live in deep water that never gets more than three degrees above freezing. Hooooo. Just thinking about their icy environs is giving me the chills!"

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a snow crab, Chip will not score the sea creature but will say the following:

"Snow crabs! They're great whether boiled, grilled, or steamed. But I'm just gonna go ahead and swallow them whole! YUM!"


Real-world information[edit]

A blue snow crab

The snow crab is a crustacean native to shelf depths in the northwest Atlantic Ocean and north Pacific Ocean. They eat other invertebrates in the bottom of the sea, such as other crustaceans, bivalves (mollusks), and polychaetes (worms), as well as fish and, in times, themselves. They can grow up to 16.5 cm for males and 9.5 cm for females. More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ズワイガニ
Snow crab