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"I got a spotted garden eel! Was it un-spotted before I saw it?" —New Horizons

The spotted garden eel is a deep-sea creature found in the ocean in New Leaf and New Horizons. Diving is the only way to obtain it.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Leaf[]

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

"Spotted garden eels get their name from the black spots on their otherwise white bodies. They nest in the sandy seafloor and poke their heads out to catch the plankton drifting in the current. They're rather shy, as they quickly dart back into their hole at the slightest hint of danger."

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, upon donation to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"The spotted garden eel is a small eel-shaped fish that loves to burrow in the sandy ocean floor. These silly things are known for popping their heads out of the sand to nibble on plankton drifting by. Some say this makes them look like plants sprouting in a garden...hence the name spotted garden eel. But I think they look more like prairie dogs peeking out of desert hidey-holes. "Prairie eels" has a lovely ring, don't you think?"

Capture Quotes[]

"I got a spotted garden eel! Who'll water its garden now?" —New Leaf

"I got a spotted garden eel! Was it un-spotted before I saw it?" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information[]

New Leaf[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Spotted garden eel
"I got a spotted garden eel! Who'll water its garden now?"
Size 17 inches
Time All day
Season Summer

New Horizons[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
"I got a spotted garden eel! Was it un-spotted before I saw it?"
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) May-Oct
Months active (south)

Further information[]


A spotted garden eel in real life.

Real spotted garden eel

Spotted garden eels in real life.

Main article: Spotted garden eel on Wikipedia

The spotted garden eel is native to the Indo-Pacific oceans. It lives at depths between 7 and 45 meters below the surface and can be found in colonies of up to a few thousand, on sandy burrows close to corals and reefs. The eel itself grows up to 40 cm long with a body diameter of 14 mm.

In other languages[]

Spotted garden eel
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese チンアナゴ Chinanago -
France French Anguille de jardin -
Spain Spanish Anguila jardinera -
Germany German Röhrenaal -
Italy Italian Anguilla di giardino -
China Chinese 花園鰻/花园鳗 huāyuánmán -

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