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The snail, Helix pomatia, is a small mollusk that can be found moving slowly across flowers, shrubs, and rocks during rainy weather. When caught it hides within its protective shell. In the GCN games, snails do not flee, but from Wild World onwards the snail will retreat into its shell, fall to the floor, and disappear. Snails are the only bugs in the series to not be in the "Arthropoda" Phylum.

Capture quotes

"I caught a snail! Hey, this isn't a bug!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"I caught a snail! Escargot? Escarg-NO!" —Wild World
"I caught a snail! Seriously, though... Could you fail to catch a snail?" —City Folk
"I caught a snail! Ok, well, maybe I found a snail." —New Leaf
"I caught a snail! It's...not much to brag about." —New Horizons

Donation to the museum

As with all bugs in the Animal Crossing series, the snail can be donated to the Museum, by talking to Blathers who will give the player a small talk about it.

In Animal Crossing

"Let me make one thing perfectly clear: snails are not insects. Snails are members of the mollusk, wot! They are related to oysters, clams, and more obviously to slugs. It's a well-known fact, you can't pick your relatives. Snails have soft bodies, which are protected by hard shells, and their eyes are on the tips of their tentacles. I've pondered from time to time, if one pulled a snail from its shell, would it then become a slug? Blech! The very thought of touching that slimy, mucous-covered body... Most foul! Utterly nauseating!

In Wild World

"I should inform you, some cultures consider snails a delicacy... That means that someone, somewhere, would eat this. How I fear for that person."

After donation, the snail can be found on the pink cosmos nearest to the pond in the exhibit on the left of the first room of the bug area.

In City Folk

"Ah, if you didn't know, here's a fact for you... Removing a snail's shell doesn't make it a slug! If you did try to pull off a snail's shell-- which I surely DO NOT condone-- its insides would spill out... I... Just got a mental picture of that. I fear I shall never eat again!"

Snails can be found on the upper terrace of the bug exhibit, on the flowers to the right-hand side.

In New Leaf

An information board in the bug exhibit will list this information about this bug.

"Snails are mollusks that live on land and are related to shellfish like clams and oysters. One snail can play the role of both a male and a female, so it can lay eggs all by itself. Newly hatched snails already have a tiny shell, so right from birth they are easily identified. Most species have clockwise spirals on their shells, though spirals that go counterclockwise are possible."

The snail can be found in the upper right room of the bug exhibit, on the blue hydrangea bush behind the tree stump.

In New Horizons

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say (with abhorrence):

"Snails are not insects, I'll admit. But they're just as revolting to me. Snails are mollusks, you see, and are born wearing shells they cannot remove. Instead, their shells get bigger and bigger as they grow. Hoo! They must get heavy, don't you know! I suppose that's why they need a trail of mucus to move about. A truly foul form of transportation."

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Snail (Wild World) "They have tiny, tiny teeth--20,000 of them--which they scrape across their food to eat."
Size 45 mm
Time Rainy days
Season Spring-summer
Icon Snail (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Snail (City Folk)
"These grind their food up, using their 20,000 teeth like a file."
Size About 45 mm
Time All day
Season Spring-Fall

New Leaf

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
Snail encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught a snail! Ok, well, maybe I found a snail."
Size 54.6 mm
Time All day
Season Spring-Fall

New Horizons

Bug
Encyclopedia Information
NH-encyclopedia-Snail
"I caught a snail! It's...not much to brag about."
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) All year


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Further information

Snail eating leaf

A snail eating a leaf.

Main article: Helix pomatia on Wikipedia

Helix pomatia, also known as the edible snail or escargot, is a species of snail that is sometimes farmed for eating. It is found throughout Europe but was introduced to Britain by the Romans. They are also used in many restaurants in Europe, such as France.

In other languages

Snail
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese カタツムリ Katatsumuri
Flag of France small French Escargot
Flag of Spain Spanish Caracol
Flag of Germany small German Schnecke
Flag of Italy small Italian Chiocciola
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Slak
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Улитка Ulitka
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 蜗牛 Wōniú
Flag of South Korea Korean 달팽이 Dalpaengi



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