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"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! But where's the rest of the snake?" —New Leaf
Giant Snakehead
Gsnakehead
Scientific name Channa argus
Family Channidae - Snakeheads
Time of year June to August
Time of day 9am to 4pm
Location Unknown
Size 85 cm
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Very Large
Rarity Uncommon
Sale price 6,500 Bells (GCN games, NL)
5,500 Bells (Wild World, City Folk)
Appearances Animal Forest
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Germany small Schlangenkopf

Flag of Italy small Pesce serpente

Species #
Animal Forest 16
Animal Crossing 16
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ 16
Animal Crossing: Wild World 17
Animal Crossing: City Folk 17
Animal Crossing: New Leaf 19


The Giant Snakehead is the slightly more common daytime counterpart of the Gar, or the Giant Catfish in GCN. They can be sold for 6,500 bells in Animal Crossing, and 5,500 in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: Wild World. They are found in the river pool between 9 am and 4 pm from June to August. They are surprisingly abundant considering their selling price.

Donating 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.

Encyclopedia Information

Animal Crossing

Giant Snakehead (Animal Crossing) Giant Snakehead (Animal Crossing icon) "Giant Snakehead"

Wild World

Giant Snakehead (Wild World) Giant Snakehead (Wild World icon) ''Their name comes from their snakelike look. Their teeth are strong, so watch your fingers."

Icon fish Size- 2.6 feet
Icon house Habitat- Ponds
Icon calendar Season- Summer


City Folk

Giant Snakehead (City Folk) ''These are named for how they look. Watch your digits near those sharp teeth!"

Icon fish Size- About 34 in.
Icon house Habitat- River pools
Icon calendar Season- Summer


New Leaf

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Further Information

Channa micropeltes 2012 G1

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.

The word giant in its name refers to its size, not the size of its head (as in it doesn't have a giant head).

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