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Crawfish Gallery

"I caught a crawfish! Or else it's a lobster, and I'm a giant!" —New Horizons

The crawfish is a common "fish" (actually a crustacean) found in the holding pond between the months of April to mid-September.

Donation to the museum[]

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the crawfish can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Animal Crossing[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"This diminutive fellow is a relative of the lobster. Its pincers are small, but distressingly powerful, wot? Indeed, it delights in a little pinchy-pinchy, eh wot? We'll take pains to ensure our mutual safety."

In Wild World[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"You'll find these little fellows in many pots across the southland, I imagine. I've personally never sampled one. They look rather... insect-ish. Blech."

In City Folk[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"...I don't do particularly well when around crawfish. I mean, really. Look at it. It's like a wretched insect! And those legs... Did you notice all those wiggly legs? All the better to revolt me. Hoo, and the vulgar belly, all segmented and buglike. Absolutely abhorrent!"

It can be found in the middle-left tank in City Folk.

In New Leaf[]

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will say the following:

"These shrimp relatives are usually found in ponds and rivers, typically making them easy to catch. The reason for this strange habitat is that crawfish are plentiful and will eat just about anything. Eating plant material makes their bodies red, but only eating fish and meat will turn their bodies blue. A red color indicates they are eating a healthy and balanced diet, so red is the ideal for the species."

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Ohoo! So you have found a crawfish. Neither crab nor lobster, crawfish evolved in an interesting manner. Beware their fearsome pinchy pinchers! Behold their many legs! I say! It is a bit bug-like, eh wot... The more I look at it, the more unsettled I feel... Let's be done with this and never speak of it again, shall we?"

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a crawfish! Check out those pincers!" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a crawfish! Stick that in your craw!" —Wild World
"I caught a crawfish! Don't pinch me!" —City Folk
"I caught a crawfish! Watch those pinchers!" —New Leaf
"I caught a crawfish! Or else it's a lobster, and I'm a giant!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Crawfish (Wild World) "When threatened, they cut their legs off, but these grow back when they molt."
Size 4.7 inches
Habitat Ponds
Season Spring and summer
Icon Crawfish (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Crawfish (City Folk)
"These lobster relatives are known to propagate quickly."
Size About 4.8 inches
Habitat Ponds
Season Spring-Fall

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Crawfish encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a crawfish! Watch those pinchers!"
Size About 4.8 inches
Habitat Ponds
Season Spring-Fall

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
Crawfish nh
"I caught a crawfish! Or else it's a lobster, and I'm a giant!"
Habitat Pond
Months active (north) April through September
Months active (south) October through March

Further information[]


A real life crawfish.

Main article: Procambarus clarkii on Wikipedia

Procambarus clarkii, the red swamp crawfish, is one of the three large freshwater crawfish. Whilst this species is popular amongst children in Japan, it is in fact an introduced, non-native species, having been accidentally released into the wild in the 1920s. Now, it is contributing to the decline of native species of crawfish.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese ザリガニ Zarigani -
France French Écrevisse -
Spain Spanish Cangrejo de río -
Germany German Flusskrebs -
Italy Italian Gambero -
The Netherlands Dutch Rode rivierkreeft -
Russia Russian Рак Rak -
China Chinese 淡水龙虾/淡水龍蝦 Dànshuǐlóngxiā -
South Korea Korean 가재 Gajae -

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