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The snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is a new fish introduced in New Horizons. It is only found late at night. It is caught in the river, despite being in between the holding pond fish in the Critterpedia.

When donated to the museum, it is located in the Pond Tank, sitting on a log above water.

Donation to the museum

In New Horizons

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

"The snapping turtle is a large turtle known for it's crocodile-like body and long claws. No, wait—it is better known for it's ferocious bite, which it can deliver with shocking speed for a turtle. NO, WAIT—it is BEST known for that time one chased me across a parking lot and I had to climb on top of a car."

Capture quotes

I caught a snapping turtle! How can it snap without fingers?
― New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
NH-Snapping turtle
"I caught a snapping turtle! How can it snap without fingers?"
Habitat River
Months active (north) April to October
Months active (south) October to April


Further information

Main article: Common snapping turtle on Wikipedia
Snapping turtle in real life

A snapping turtle in real life

The common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is a common reptile in North America. They live in ponds, streams, and occasionally can be found in the more brackish water of estuaries. True to its name, the common snapping turtle has a powerful bite, as well as a long and highly mobile neck which allows it to reach further to bite things. They are known for their aggressive disposition when out of water, and are rumoured to be able to bite off fingers and toes. These turtles are long lived, and can reach an age of over 100 years.


  • Unlike most critters, it is displayed outside a tank. Interacting with it causes it to hiss. Many players have used its unusual method of display to treat it as a sort of pet, setting up tableaus using furniture items such as the cat grass or pet bed.

In other languages

Snapping turtle
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese カミツキガメ Kamitsukigame
Flag of France small French Tortue serpentine
Flag of Spain Spanish Tortuga mordedora
Flag of Germany small German Schnappschildkröte
Flag of Italy small Italian Tartaruga azzannatrice
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Bijtschildpad
Flagofrussiasmall Russian Каймановая черепаха Kaymanovaya cherepakha
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 拟鳄龟 Nǐèguī
Flag of South Korea Korean 늑대거북 Neukdaegeobuk

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