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"I caught a crawfish! Watch those pinchers!" —New Leaf

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 list information about this fish.

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

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Fish
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

Fish
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

Fish
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

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
Nh-crawfish
"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


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Further information

C294

A real life crawfish.

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

Crawfish
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese ザリガニ Zarigani
Flag of France small French Écrevisse
Flag of Spain Spanish Cangrejo de río
Flag of Germany small German Flusskrebs
Flag of Italy small Italian Gambero
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Rode rivierkreeft
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Рак Rak
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 淡水龙虾 Dànshuǐlóngxiā
Flag of South Korea Korean 가재 Gajae


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