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"I got a snow crab! It's giving me the cold shoulder." —New Horizons

The snow crab is a benthic animal found at the bottom of the ocean in New Leaf and New Horizons. In New Horizons, it appears most frequently between 4am and 9am, and 4pm and 9pm during January and February in the northern hemisphere, or July and August in the southern hemisphere. Diving is the only way of capturing it.

Donation to the museum

In New Leaf

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

"Snow crabs live in the deep sea and are know mostly as a highly prized winter delicacy. When cooked, the typically dark-red shell turns to the beautiful bright-red color most commonly seen. They have a life span of 20 years and gradually grow bigger while periodically molting. If a leg is lost, it will grow back when molting occurs. The female is about half the size of the male."

In New Horizons

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

"The snow crab truly lives up to its name, wot wot. They are most often found in cold northern seas. Some have even been discovered living in the Arctic Ocean! Indeed, snow crab prefer to live in deep water that never gets more than three degrees above freezing. Hooooo. Just thinking about their icy environs is giving me the chills!"

Encyclopedia Information

New Leaf

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Snowcrabby
"I got a snow crab! 'Sno problem, really!"
Size 14 inches
Time All day
Season Winter-Spring


New Horizons

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Snow Crab NH
"I got a snow crab! It's giving me the cold shoulder."
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) Nov-April
Months active (south)


Further information

Main article: Snow crab on Wikipedia

Chionoecetes is a genus of crabs that live in the northern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Other names for crabs in this genus include "queen crab" (in Canada) and "spider crab" – they are known by different names in different areas of the world. The generic name Chionoecetes means snow (χιών, chion) inhabitant (οιχητης, oiketes); opilio means shepherd, and C. opilio is the primary species referred to as snow crab. Marketing strategies, however, employ snow crab for anything in the genus Chionoecetes.


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