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The cavehopper is a creature that resembles a grasshopper with a distinct albino appearance. It can be found in the cool caves of the Fire Nation, as it is intolerant to sunlight and spends most of its life inside dimly-lit caverns where it can eat algae and other vegetation. Cavehoppers are among the favorite snacks of the toucan puffins.[1][2]


While staying in a beach cave, Team Avatar discussed the possibility of getting disguises; Toph reasoned that they could use the new clothing to blend in and get real food. To emphasize her point, she hit the wall, causing a group of cavehoppers to jump out and flee. One of the creatures was caught by Momo and promptly eaten, though the winged lemur subsequently spat out a half eaten limb.[2]


Cavehoppers are white and have long antennae protruding from their heads, along with two short front legs and two larger hind legs. They possess four semi-webbed feet in all, each of which are topped by toe-pads.


Cavehoppers seem to be based on cave crickets, with the difference being that real-life crickets have six legs. Grasshoppers are herbivorous insects whose large hind legs are adapted for leaping, and they are generally brown in color, though young crickets sometimes appear translucent.


  1. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on (link). No longer updated, encyclopedia now broken though archived here.
  2. 2.0 2.1 O'Bryan, John (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (September 28, 2007). "The Headband". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.

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