Snapjaw (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest)

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Artwork of a Snapjaw from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. Its artwork is very similar to Lockjaw's.
Artwork of a Snapjaw
First appearance Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995)
Latest appearance Donkey Kong Country 2 (GBA) (2004)
Variant of Lockjaw
Derived subjects

Snapjaws are rare, invulnerable piranha enemies similar to Lockjaws. They only appear in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest. They are succeeded by Nibblas in Donkey Kong Country 3.


Slime Climb
A Snapjaw swims below Diddy and Dixie.

A Snapjaw is the main enemy of Slime Climb and Clapper's Cavern. It follows the Kongs while swimming along the water surface. If Diddy and Dixie fall into the water, the Snapjaw bites them.

Snapjaws cannot be defeated, including from Invincibility Barrels. When Diddy and Dixie are temporarily invincible and swim into the Snapjaw, numerous small, orange sparks appear around the Snapjaw (for effect) as it continues chasing them. The Kongs' only option is to avoid the Snapjaw. If the Kongs are idle on land, the Snapjaw swims directly below them back and forth.

In Slime Climb, Diddy and Dixie have to climb up a rapidly sinking ship while the Snapjaw swims after them. In Clapper's Cavern, another Snapjaw follows the Kongs throughout the entire level. In most parts of the stage, the Kongs cannot swim across because of the Snapjaw. Rather, Diddy and Dixie must jump onto Clapper the Seals, which appear throughout the level, to temporarily freeze the water into ice so they can get across safely.

While they cannot be defeated normally, Snapjaws can be defeated from a glitch in Slime Climb. First, Diddy and Dixie must jump into the water at the beginning, then swim to the bottom as quickly as possible, but not too low, otherwise the Kongs lose a life. The Snapjaw must then bite either of the Kongs, which causes it to be stuck. The surviving Kong can then safely continue without the Snapjaw.

Snapjaws do not appear in Donkey Kong Land 2. Instead, the game's level equivalents, Slime Climb and Clapper's Cavern, have harmful water in place of the Snapjaws. The Kongs must avoid touching the water.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スナップジョー
Italian Snapjaw -
Spanish Snapjaw -


  • In the Game Boy Advance version, during the level Slime Climb, if Diddy and Dixie are under the effects of an Invincibility Barrel while underwater, the Snapjaw repeatedly bites at them rapidly, which causes the game to lag. In the original release, if the Invincibility Barrel is in effect, Snapjaw swims around the Kongs but it does not bite them.