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Yapping maw

A Yapping Maw lunges at Samus.

Yapping Maws (also known as Grabbers in the PAL guide) are creatures found in Super Metroid that can be found in Crateria, Lower Brinstar, Norfair, Ridley's Lair, and Maridia. They have long necks that can expand to attack Samus, and have pincers jutting out in front of their mouth. They will extend, bite Samus with their pincers, and drag her down.

On many occasions they will be resting on a bed of spikes, thorns, or within pools of lava; when Samus is pulled down, she will receive damage from these hazardous materials until the Maw sets her free. In most occasions,the Yapping maw can be seen lurking, with only its "head" visible. In Maridia, however, there are two Yapping Maws hidden in a pit of quicksand, an cannot be seen until they reach out and attack Samus. If Samus isn't fast enough, she will be dragged into the quicksand and sink to the lower part of Maridia.

In other locations, they will be curiously nestled inside the mouths of Samus Eaters; this suggests that a symbiotic relationship can exist between both creatures, as a Yapping Maw will grab hold of a potential prey and drag it into the carnivorous plant's waiting mouth.

Official dataEdit

Yapping maw

Super Metroid Nintendo Player's GuideEdit

"They will quickly reach out and grab you."


  • Yapping Maws bear some resemblance to the Mua encountered in Kraid's Lair during Metroid: Zero Mission, in appearance, habitat, and behavior.
  • Yapping Maws may actually be plant-life of some sort, as they are mostly seen around Water and surrounded by other plant-like bioforms.
  • The Yapping Maw may be inspired by the real-life Bobbit Worm, whose hunting tactics are virtually identical to its behavior.

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