Spotted Garden Eel

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Spotted Garden Eel
Spotted Garden Eel NH.png
Scientific name
Heteroconger hassi
Months available June to September
Times available All day
Location Island
Size 17 cm
Shadow size Small
Sell price 600 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese チンアナゴ
Simplified Chinese 花园鳗
French Anguille de jardin
Spanish Anguila jardinera
Italian Anguilla di giardino
Russian Леопардовый угорь

Korean 가든일
Traditional Chinese 花園鰻
Quebec French Anguille de jardin
Latin American Spanish Anguila jardinera
German Röhrenaal
Dutch 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.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


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

Times June – September: All day
Peak Times
Location Sea, Tortimer Island
Shadow Size Small
Shadow Movement Stationary
Sea Creature Size 17 cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 600 Bells
Tank 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
Total Catches


Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1100 Bells
Tank 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?"


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
Traditional Chinese
花园鳗 / 花園鰻
Garden eel

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