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A group of Snaps as seen in the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
Residence(s) Beach world levels,
Ruins level Mast Blast,
Cliff level Tippy Shippy,
Cloud level Gushin' Geysers (only in DKCR 3D)
Origin of Species Crab
Family Pinchly,
Scurvy Crew
Powers/Abilities Suddenly appearing by coming out of sand,
Chasing at the enemies' direction constantly,
Pinching enemies upon contact
Affiliations Tiki Tak Tribe
Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
First Game Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)

Latest Game Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)

Snaps are orange crab-like enemies from the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.


Snaps make their first appearance in the first level of Beach world, Poppin' Planks, and reappear in most of the Beach levels. Additionally, they return in the Ruins level Mast Blast and the Cliff level Tippy Shippy. These enemies also appear in the Cloud level Gushin' Geysers, present only in the Nintendo 3DS game version.

Snaps are known to come out of the sand attempting to hurt the Kongs by pinching them. They also can hurt the heroes if either one comes into contact with a Snaps while they are walking across the ground or if they walk in front of one. These crab-like enemies actively walk towards the heroes' direction, willing to drop down from high platforms, and sometimes, inside pits. If the primates try to avoid the Snaps by going past over them, the crabs will quickly change directions and move towards the Kongs.

Snaps can be defeated easily by a simple jump on them, roll attack or having a barrel thrown at them. These enemies can also be flipped over and temporarily stunned by the ground-pound move used nearby them or peanuts shot by Diddy Kong's Peanut Popguns. A stronger variant of Snaps are Pinchlies.

See Also


  • The Snaps act similar to Huckit Crabs, enemies from the game New Super Mario Bros. Wii for Nintendo Wii. However, Snaps do not throw rocks like Huckit Crabs.
  • In the background of the game file screens of the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, multiple Snaps can be seen moving around a shipwreck and Donkey and Diddy Kong's stone statues.
  • In the game Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Snaps are not featured as enemies. However, similar to the two previous games (as mentioned above), a single Snaps (or multiple ones) appears in the game as a cameo by walking around the backgrounds at the main title and controls selection screens.