Turban Shell

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Turban Shell
Turban Shell NH.png
Scientific name
Turbo cornutus
Months available August to June
Times available 4 pm to 9 am
Location Sea
Shadow size Small
Rarity Uncommon
Sell price 300 Bells
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese サザエ
Simplified Chinese 角蝾螺
French Turbo
Spanish Caracola espinosa
Italian Lumaca turbante
Russian Рогатый тюрбан

Korean 소라
Traditional Chinese 角蠑螺
Quebec French Turbo
Latin American Spanish Caracola espinosa
German Turbanschnecke
Dutch Tulbandschelp

The Turban Shell (サザエ, Sazae) is a type of sea creature in the Animal Crossing series, introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the Turban Shell was added in the 1.3.0 Free Summer Update.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Turban Shell
"I got a turban shell! It's like a little fancy hat!"

Times August - May: 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times 9 PM - 4 AM
Location Sea
Shadow Size Small
Shadow Movement Uniform
Sea Creature Size 12 cm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 300 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In New Horizons[edit]


Turban Shell
"I got a turban shell! It's totally TURB...ular!"

Time of Year North: Mar – May; Sep – Dec
South: Mar – Jun; Sep – Nov
Time of Day All day
Shadow Size Small
Shadow Movement Slow
Total Catches


Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1000 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donating the Turban Shell 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 creatures. The exhibit has this to say about the Turban Shell:

"They are related to spiral shells. Also, they have lids that cover the openings of their shells. When they walk, they remove the lid and move in the shell by shuffling their feet, much like snails. They become active by night and eat seaweed. They are delicious when cooked in the shell."

In New Horizons[edit]

when donating to the museum Blathers will say the following:

The turban shell is a sea snail with a rather nifty trick up its sleeve...er, shell. you see, this snail carries a hard, round, button-like "operculum" with wherever it goes. what is an operculum, you ask? why, it is a trapdoor of sorts! when danger approaches, the snail slips into its shell and pulls this trapdoor closed over the opening. thus it is locked safe and sound inside. And bravo, I say! Bravo! When trouble comes knocking, just do what the turban shell does. Shut the door and turn out the lights!


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese サザエ
Turban shell

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