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Shaaks were a bulbous mammalian species[2] of non-sentient herbivores that grazed on the grasslands of Naboo.[4] Gentle and non-threatening,[5] shaaks were slow movers.[4] They had four legs, brown leathery skin, and their bodies were plump with blubber. Shaaks were unable to swim, due to their size, and so avoided the swamps of Naboo.[1] If infected with the waterborne Blue Shadow Virus, shaaks would die instantly,[6] while members of most other species had 48 hours to live before the virus became fatal.[7]

Gungans farmed shaaks for their meat and hide.[2] They were sometimes used as pack animals. During the Clone Wars, a female Gungan named Peppi Bow wrangled shaaks.[6] Their scat was a popular fertilizer used by Naboo farmers on their fields.[8]

Shaak leg was a delicacy on Pijal[9] and they were raised as livestock for consumption by some residents of the planet Batuu.[10] Shaak steak was another type of dish made from Shaak meat.[11]

Behind the scenes[]

The shaak species was designed by Terryl Whitlatch for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace. Whitlatch wanted to suggest a grazer bred for food, the Naboo equivalent of a sheep. A few shaaks were seen briefly in one shot of the movie as computer generated creations.[12]



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