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Beware of the sand! You'll sink in ten seconds! And something lurks in the sand...
— 4-1 signpost • Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble

Snipper is an insect-like enemy appearing in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble. He is a small yellow bug with round eyes, tiny legs, and very large jaws that lives in sandy areas. He stays in one deep spot waiting for Kirby to come by - so he can jump up, try to grab him with a bite, pull him underground, and then spit him back above ground, causing him damage. Kirby can tell where he's hiding because where Snipper hides, smoke will be coming out of the ground. He cannot be defeated.

Physical Appearance

Snippers behave and appear similarly to antlion larvae, which are known to create sinking pits of sand that they use to trap and ambush prey. These larvae have large jaws relative to their bodies, which is exaggerated with Snippers' appearance.


Snipper's name is likely derived from the verb "snip," referring to how it slams its scissor-like pincers together in an attempt to grab Kirby.

His Japanese name ジバサミ (Jibasami) is a combination of the words for ground/earth (地 ji) and scissors/pincers (鋏/剪刀/螯/はさみ hasami).

Related Quotes

Often found at the bottom of sand pits, Snippers jump and try to gobble Kirby up as he jumps or flies over them.
— Description • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Official Strategy Guide (Prima)


  • Snipper, Sawyer, Plugg, , and Ghost Knight are the only enemies that debuted in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to reappear elsewhere in the series.
    • Of those five, only Snipper and Plugg appear in the flesh.
  • His attack is similar to that of the Needle + Cutter Power Combo.