Turban shell

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Artwork of Turban shell
Real-world info
Name: Turbo cornutus
Family: Turbinidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Caracola espinosa
 Lumaca turbante
 Рогатый тюрбан
 Caracola espinosa

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, where it appears all day long as a small, slow shadow during spring, and again from fall to early winter.

In August 2020, it became available as a limited-time item in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, where it is categorized as a shell rather than a sea creature.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


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

Time of year Aug – May
Time of day 4 PM – 9 AM
Peak times 9 PM – 4 AM
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Uniform
Sea creature size 12 cm
Rarity Uncommon
Selling price  300 Bells
Furniture 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
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling price  1,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]

Icon for the Turban Shell in Pocket Camp

The turban shell appears as a shell in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and was available to collect for a limited time as part of the Sandy Shellfish Goals event, from August 20 to August 23, 2020. During the event, the shell would appear on the beach at Saltwater Shores, where it could be picked up. After the event, remaining turban shells can stay in the player's inventory, where they can still be sold, used for animal requests, or listed in the player's Market Box. The sell price for this shell is  100 Bells. For villager requests, it is part of rarity tier 1, which earns the player  100 Bells and 2 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points if the shell is used to fulfill a request.

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!"

Once donated, the turban shell can be seen in the coast tank alongside the abalone and seaweed.

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

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

"Turban shells make great sashimi, but the best is when you grill them right there in their shells! You know me, though. I'll just swallow them whole! YUM!"


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life turban shell, photographed from 3 angles

The scientific name Turbo cornutus, literally means "horned turban," and it is characterized by a hard, ventricose, spiny, imperforate shell of which the length varies between 65 mm and 120 mm (2.55 in and 4.72 in). It has a large, thick, green-gray shell with irregular incremental striae and spiral lirae. The shell has about 5-6 whorls, which turn clockwise and have horny protuberances. The body whorl is ventricose, somewhat bicarinate, armed about the middle with two spiral series of erect tubular spines, and frequently a smaller accessory row above. The lower series of spines is sometimes absent. The thickness and shape of the shell and the horns vary greatly according to environmental conditions. The sutures are deeply impressed. The oblique aperture is rounded and is about 3.5 cm (1.38 in) in diameter, and is green or red-brown. The thin inside lip of the shell is not smooth, but rough and granular. The broad columella is flattened and somewhat grooved, produced and channelled at its base.

Turbo cornutus develops an operculum, which is calcareous, concave and brown within. It contains four whorls. The nucleus measures one-third the distance across the face. The operculum itself bears a deep, spiral groove and is also granular on the convex outer surface. This outer surface is white or tinged with brown and olive, more or less sharply asperate with elevated points, and with a spiral rib commencing in an axial elevation and terminating at the margin of increment. When separated from the attached animal, the inner side of the operculum is flat, with a somewhat smooth spiral.
More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese サザエ
Turban shell