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Giant snakehead Gallery

"I caught a giant snakehead! Um...but I asked for a medium?" —New Horizons

The giant snakehead is a fish that can be caught in the river pool during the summer. It is caught in the holding pond in New Horizons, due to the removal of the river pool. They can be sold for 6,500 Bells in Animal Crossing, and 5,500 from Wild World onward. They are surprisingly abundant considering their selling price. To some extent, they can be said to be the slightly more common daytime counterpart of the gar, or the giant catfish in Animal Crossing.

Donation to the museum[]

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the giant snakehead 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:

"What a stupendous beast! It must have taken great effort to land this fearsome creature, eh wot? I've heard that giant snakehead carry parasites. Be sure to thoroughly cook them before eating. Blech! Parasites! Of course, we'll accept this one. Have no worries, we'll take special of it."

In Wild World[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"I firmly believe the best way to prepare a fish is the way the locals do it...Based on that philosophy, chili-pepper flakes are a must with giant snakehead! And if you notice one shaking chili flakes on YOU, might I suggest fleeing?"

In City Folk[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"...What a giant snakehead! These fish are notorious for their tremendous appetites, eh wot? Much like a snake, once one of these grabs its prey, naught can convince it to let go... I should think a few well-placed owl kicks might convince it, should one ever take a liking to me! In any case, this fish doesn't hunt all year 'round. It hates the cold and hibernates through winter. I've come up with a smashing nickname for it... "The Scourge of Summer!" Marvelous, eh wot?"

After donation, the giant snakehead can be found in the big, left-hand fish tank with other river fish.

In New Leaf[]

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

Giant snakeheads get their name from the fact that their heads look like those of snakes. Their scales and patterns also look like snakes', really bringing the resemblance to a high degree. They have sharp teeth, so don't poke your finger anywhere near their mouths! Both males and females are well known for protecting their eggs and offspring. They will scare off any other fish that approach by frantically waving their tails.

In New Horizons[]

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

"The giant snakehead is quite a sight to behold, wot! One glance conjurs up visions of its namesake. This resilient creature can even find a home in the mud, where it is able to breathe. As a matter of fact, it dislikes cold weather, so during wintertime the mud serves as its temporary home. I hear that they eat anything that swims past their head... While odd, I feel a sense of owlship with them."

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a giant snakehead! Yep! A giant snakehead. Who names these things?" —Animal Crossing
"I caught a giant snakehead! ACK! It has a huge head!" —Wild World
"I caught a giant snakehead! No puny snakeheads for me!" —City Folk
"I caught a giant snakehead! Um...but I asked for a medium?" —New Horizons


"ライギョをつりあげた!でかくておもーい!" —Animal Forest
"I caught a Giant Snakehead! It's huuuge!" —Animal Forest

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Giant snakehead (Wild World) "Their name comes from their snakelike look. Their teeth are strong, so watch your fingers."
Size 2.6 feet
Habitat Ponds
Season Summer
Icon Giant snakehead (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Giant Snakehead (City Folk)
"These are named for how they look. Watch your digits near those sharp teeth!"
Size About 34 in.
Habitat River pools
Season Summer

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Giant snakehead encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a giant snakehead! But where's the rest of the snake?"
Size About 34 in.
Habitat River pools
Season Summer

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
Giant snakehead nh
"I caught a giant snakehead! Um...but I asked for a medium?"
Habitat River
Months active (north) June through August
Months active (south) December through February

Further Information[]

Snakehead - Channa argus
Main article: Channa micropeltes on Wikipedia

The giant snakehead is the largest in the family Channidae, capable of growing to over one meter in length (three feet) and a weight of over 20 kilograms (40 pounds). They are very well-versed predators, and eat creatures ranging from small fish to other snakeheads. Many species of snakehead can be used as pets in aquariums, but most grow too large to be sustained in most tanks.

In other languages[]

Giant snakehead
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese ライギョ Raigyo -
France French Tête-de-serpent -
Spain Spanish Pez cabeza de serpiente -
Germany German Schlangenkopf -
Italy Italian Pesce serpente -
The Netherlands Dutch Rode slangenkopvis -
Russia Russian Змееголов Zmeegolov -
China Chinese 黑鱼/黑魚 Hēiyú -
South Korea Korean 가물치 Gamulchi -

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