Dreaming of Snakes in Water

Snakes In Water Dream

Dreaming of a snake in water relates to your emotions and how elemental feelings may be influencing your life while you are unaware of them. Snakes in water symbolizes unconscious fears or the potential for emotional healing. In any case, such a dream could indicate strong emotional currents that may sway your course if their meaning is not acknowledged and understood.

Dream Meaning Summary

  • Snake in water as symbol of the power of your emotions
  • The flow of your life needs to be redirected
  • Elemental intuition
  • Overwhelming concerns about one’s life direction

What does dreaming of snakes in water mean?

Here are several meanings to help interpret your dream.

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Dream Meaning #1: Be aware of your emotions before they sweep you up

A dream about a snake in water symbolizes the connection with your emotions. Typically, the snake comes as a warning sign or a wake up call about a situation that is potentially threatening and associated with strong feelings.

If the snake swims peaceful in calm waters, it means that you’re dealing with your emotions positively and with ease. If you dream about a snake that bites you while you’re swimming, it could be interpreted as a warning to pay attention to your emotions before they strike and go out of control.

Consider the type of water you or the snake swims in in your dream, your reactions towards the snake, and the behavior of the animal to interpret what emotional mood is influencing your life right now.

Dream Meaning #2: Snakes in water as symbols of emotional healing

If you are comfortable in the water and the snake’s behavior is friendly or neutral, it means that you are at peace with your emotions. The presence of the snake could indicate that you are healing emotional wounds or dealing with a situation that’s potentially challenging with ease. The dream may also reflects your desire or hope to clear some worries with regards to a close relationship or a situation that touches you deeply.

Even if you’re dreaming of swimming with snakes and are afraid of them in the dream, you may be facing difficult emotions in your life, but are going with the flow and trying to deal with them. If you are struggling in the water or with the snake, it indicates that you are resisting feelings or a change in your waking life.

Snakes In Water Dream

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Next Step: Make your Own Meaning

To go further with the interpretation of your snake dream, ask yourself the following questions. You can get more help by looking at the Snake Dream Interpretation Guide.

  • How do you deal with the snake in your dream? Compare it with how you are handling your emotions.
  • What kind of water are you or the snake in? See how its qualities inform you about your emotional state.
  • What’s standing in your way, especially with regards to situation with high emotional impact?

Need Help to Interpret your Dream about a Snake in Water?

Post your dream below if you had a dream featuring a snake in water and need help to interpret its meaning. Other people passionate about dream interpretation have a chance to answer. You can look at other types of snake dreams in the Dreams Forum.

427 Responses to Dreaming of Snakes in Water

  • Tatyana

    I had a dream last night that I was in this building. It started raining outside and flooding parts of outside. I was looking out of a window and I saw I big long snake moving with the current of the flood. I wasn’t scared in my dream. I just saw the snake and I was like wow lol.

  • setsoto

    i had a dream swimming in murky river water nd the current was so strong, strange part is dat i was so calm in the ragging river water nd der were snakes in the river with me , the snakes were so calm it just swem nxt to me up until the current of the water streamed me to the calm side of the river nd i woke up. in real life m super afraid of snakes bt yet in ma dream i was so calm

  • Anonymous

    I had a dream I was in water, either a lake or river and a huge cobra snake came out of the water and stared me in the face and went back in the water and tried attacking me and I fought back. The size of the cobra was frightening and the dream was in color and pretty vivid

    • Chris

      I had a similar dream last night as well, I was at a new house that I just moved into, and there was a pond I think, but it was shaped and looked like a pool. There was hundreds of snakes around me just crawling all over me and I was freaking out, I couldn’t stay calm and everyone was telling me about what a snake bite felt like.  Than I woke up. Pretty weird

  • Sam

    Last night I dreamt I was wading through water, like a deep creek, surrounded by orange/ red rocks. The water was up to my chest and I could see snakes swimming around. I was calm and thought they wouldnt bother me. There were black snakes and bright blue and teal colored snakes. They soon began biting me and latching on to me from under the water. I was having to rip them off of myself. At some point I was out of the water and I had swollen bites on my body. It was a terrifying dream.

    • Maree

      I had a similar dream just like yours last night with the same description of the snakes that were biting me I could see them but I showed no fear also

    • michaela Kennedy

      I had a really terrible snake dream, I was with my boyfriends brother and his girlfriend and my boyfriend, and we were on our way to the beach but we decided to go to a rock pool, and there was this little girl that I have never seen jumping around with a smile saying the water is infested with snakes and you can’t swim in there, but then she disappeared, and the sea water all turned this gross green and there was this long yellow anaconda or boa swimming in there really fast with some other black type of snakes, so we decided we will go along the rocks to look for anotheR pool, but my bfs brotheR and his gf walked first the rocks turned into a rock tunnel and they made it out, when me and my bf decided to go in it suddenly turned into a white bakkie and then he got a phone call, and it felt like everything was moving so I decided to get out to see what was happening and the bakkie was sliding into the snake infested water, I tried to pull the bakkie up but it was too heavy I saw the snakes swimming around, when the bakkie was in the water I started screaming for help, for his borother but no one came, so I ran into the water trying to get him out but the doors where locked and somehow the snakes got in there with him, I was underwatEr drowning to get him out but the snakes started ripping at me. I could feel it all but I still carried on tryimg to smash the glass, it was so devastating and hrurtfull I was crying in my dream and then I woke up sad as hell…so I’m wondering if you can help me find out was this dreams means its being playing on my mind for along time, so if there’s anyone who can help me please do it will be really appreciated.

  • bea

    Hi Dream last nigth i was at THe beach Sleping and when i open my eyes i so one anaconda getting in THe ocean very Slow she did no see me but i see her soon my husband arrive and i tell him what i see.

  • TashaM.

    I had a dream that I was walking over a bridge with my son, some of the water come up on our path, and we were walking through the water. When in our path, in the water, I noticed a blue and white striped snake swimming in the water towards us. Thinking of my son, I turned us around, and started back the other way. As we were getting close to getting out of the water, another snake appeared and was coming towards us fast.It was yellow and white striped this time. Thinking of my son again, I put him on the opposite side of the snake, and let the snake bite my leg. I took my leg out of the water and the snake was just hanging off of me, with its fangs in my leg. I took him off and just threw him back in the water. The water was dark and mucky but calm. I looked at my leg and where it bit me, was hard and red with two holes in it. I started to squeeze the bite in case venom was in it, and all this white stuff squirted out like milk. What the heck does this mean??

  • Rei


    I dreamt about flushing a snake in the toilet but it resisted and jumped out. I tried to run after it and it turned into a man. In the end, I called the police and had the man arrested.

    What a coincidence that I am undergoing a lot of emotional stress right now and my dream could mean that I know for myself that I should stop stressing my self and should just move on but I am trying to avoid facing reality by flushing it out of my mind.

    That last part though about the arresting the man is a bit confusing.

  • mduduzi

    Hi my name is Mduduzi I had a dream where by I was hunting for a huge water snake and I ended up killing it but it kept growing longer when I tried to peel its skin.

  • Cass

    I had a dream I was swimming in an old above ground swimming pool my family used to have. My mother and sister were with me and I was splashing and kicking around a lot. They told me that snakes liked that, because I looked like I was prey in distress. I stopped and saw snakes swimming rapidly toward me. I jumped out of the pool and realized the whole bottom of the pool had a layer of different kinds of snakes. A poisonous and fast moving snail followed me out of the water and I repetitively tried to hit it and push it back in the pool, but it came back every time. I was terrified of that snail. It had a red shell and a large bumpy green body. I tried to look it up on Google, but I couldn’t find a similar snail.

  • Kelly

    I had a strange creepy dream. There’s this mystical pond as I would call it. I’ve never seen it before but I would say its mystical by the way you can see perfect and its always dark when im there. Theres a bridge but the pond is very neglected and its kind of foggy in a pretty way. I was there placing round cement paver-stepping-stone things in the round shape of the pond. The water was dirtyish and my aunt was helping me. I was barefoot and usually veryyy comfortable like that but I wasnt this time. The dirt was wet and I do remember precisely an alligator head fossil on the top of a dirt bank around the river. I do live in florida so I’ve seen their skulls in many museums and stuff but not like this. Anyway to the point, I saw a few moving water snakes which kinda made me place the pavers faster but when I reached the bridge, my older brother somehow saw a pit of dead water snakes in the pond and started showing me each one. I remember precisely a Bright yellow one with tan circles on it. When he showed each dead snake a profile popped up next to them showing me their names and their toxicity levels and where their native too. Veryyyy strange. Now I have caught wild snakes not very afraid of them at all. Seen a water snake once at the beach. No fears or anything. I wasnt sad to see them dead that I could remember. I am a vegan and dog groomer though so usually I’d be very sad to see any animal hurt. So weird. Why?!I also want to point out where the pond is, I dont know. I know the pond is hidden by many palm trees though..

  • Angel

    Hi, my name is Angel. Okay so the dream I had last night is kind of ridiculous. But in my dream there was a group of banded water snakes sitting in a sort of boat like you’d see on a water slide at a theme park. They were each carrying a very tiny giraffe on their heads. And the boat was sitting at the top of a violent water fall. When they fell the boat crashed, the giraffes were swept up and drowned, and the snakes were literally jumping out of the water and struggling a lot. I was terrified for the animals but couldn’t get to them. Does this mean anything at all or is it just crazy nonsense?

  • Jeromy

    Oddest Dream – Last night, I dreamed that I was standing on a walkway near a river. A woman walked to the shore of the river where the natural bend of the river where is was shallow and silty along the bank. She pulled an object from a bag a threw it into the mud flat and I could see that it was a small white dog. Suddenly a huge serpent came up and and consumed the dog whole.
    I was terrified and I could see that she was taking out yet another dog for another feeding and I yelled for her to stop, and chased her away. At that point 4 more serpents came up from the river to watch, one was the color of dull platinum and they all turned from me and went away, and into the river and were gone.

    Then the dream because about navigating a torrent laden river on a raft or small water craft with my father and stepmother, but this was exciting and and an adventure until we came to a house and stopped, but for some reason we were not supposed to be at that house, so we were leaving and I don’t remember what happened next except in ended with me walking on a road next to a park and there was some unfriendly people but there was no danger..

    Then the dream changed again, I was standing in my garage, and the concrete floor was uneven in the middle and looked like the concrete sunk in a hole but was still smooth, like it was purposelessly formed that way, and then many green frogs came in and were everywhere. Then after some time they were gone and then many small multi colored snakes came in, so I called to my wife and she fearlessly scooped them up, put them in bags and threw them into the trash. I was concerned that they would die int eh bags and being in the trash would surely kill them, but allowed her wisdom in the matter to proceed.
    Then the river water started to come in from under the door, and made the floor wet.

  • Jolash

    I dreamt last night, 05_02_2016, that i was in the sea, swimming towards the beach when suddenly a huge black snake appeared infront of me and swam past me. I was really scared but the snake was harmless. Finally i reached the beach and looked back into the sea, there i saw quite a number of the same snake specious swimming in the sea.

  • Ellen

    I dreamt I was in this house with several other people and there was a room that was lower than the rest of the rooms. It had water to my knees and had several snakes in it in one section. I got out as soon as I saw them and warned others they were there. It scared me

  • Pauleen Teoh

    I dreamt about seeing a white medium long snake with a black dot on its head moving from beach into the sea and dissappear, can you interprete this as i could not find the meaning. I was not scared but just feel funny as it’s moving very fast as if something is chasing it.

  • rose

    My name is Rose, I’m actually scared of snakes big time, but in my dream I wasn’t scared at all, the was one big brown black snake very long inside water it looked more of a river or lake which I was in, the snake rolled over my leg and I was not scared at all, and they were more snakes on land green small snake and more others it was a scary dream if you really think about it, I had no fear at all, that what is really shocking me

  • Clay

    I dreamt of rising flood waters and thousands of snakes rushing all around me I stepped on one and it bit me and second and third. I was filled with an extreme fear, but I am not afraid of snake in waking life.

  • Natalie

    I had a very vivid dream last night about swimming with the flow of a narrow river that went through a tunnel. There was a huge long fat brownish snake swimming underneath me which i could barely see i could just feel it was there and i kept trying to get away from it. Not sure what this dream means but i know its trying to tell me something.

  • Husnara Khan

    My mother dream was that her son jumped into a river there was a snake circling him and pulling out his tounge to him the son wasnt at all bothered or scared yet my mom saw a dead black snake with its head twisted she picked it up and through it away whereas when she the black snake circling her son she got scared where as the son did. My mum doeant know what it means. Please reply quick thank you

    • Dr

      It means he was surrounded by troubles which is gone now

  • Tj

    AUG 9, 2015 I dreamt of snakes in the water. Woke up scared. That night my 22 year old son died in a motorcycle accident. I’ve often wondered why this dream was so vivid.

    • Kylie

      I dreamed of snakes 2 weeks ago. My 18 year old son died last Friday of a car accident. This is not the only sign that I had in hindsight. He is being buried this Saturday and I’m trying to make sense of it. It’s helping me I think to think of it as nothing I could do. I also dreamed of the female cop that came to my door that night. I am starting to believe and hope that it is so my soul could be aware of what was to come, I dont know what to do and I’m scared

  • Anonymous

    I had a dream of a long thin brownish snake swimming in a clean pure water heading towards me. Also dreamt of seeing snakes pass me in the bushes, very scary snakes mostly black and they were moving fast.but none of them harmed me.

  • PK

    I dreamed of a huge rattling snake in a large jar and it was sleeping. Not dead but sleeping. The jar was almost as tall as I was. I mean the rattle snake was giant. I was nervous every but I walked by the jar a couple of times to look at puppies??? Any help with this one?  Thanks.

  • Josh

    I had a dream where I was at a nice sunny beach with my family. they told me to go out into the nice water so I did. About 10 meters out a very large white serpent like creature swam

    • Josh

      Continuing on, it swam passed me with its spines sticking out I know it wasn’t a shark because it had no tail or side fins just one long body twisting around. It turned around almost peacefully but then I started to swim away in fear it would bite me. It then became hostile and swam at me straight on. Somehow I got on its back as it tried so desperately to eat me. It glared into my eyes as it swam around trying to grab hold of me. Then I fell off and made a break for the shore the water was like glue it wouldn’t let me swim away as the creature charged me and bites me. Then I woke up

  • William

    Crossing a small bridge over a creek, a large, thick snake swimming away from me

  • Berlinah

    I had a dream about a white woman in a small river naked, lying on her back, brushing her and she was peaceful very beautiful, I was the only person who could see her I was with my daughter and my mom and they couldn’t see it. Please I need you to explain to me the meaning of it.

  • Catherine Gepolan

    My dream is im in the beach and there’s a white small snake in the beach.. Its too much i cannot count them they didn’t touch me but im afraid to them and im running out of the water.. What is the meaning of that.. A white and small snakes in a beach? ..thank u

  • Fryl

    In my dream, I was in my grandparents house and will take a bath. Then I started to get water from a big container using a small pail since they don’t have shower. When I’m on my halfway taking bath, I noticed that I can’t get anymore water so I looked at the big container. I saw a yellow huge snake in it , seems its sleeping.. I was so shocked when I saw it but didn’t bite me or move, then I saw my uncle coming in and told him about the snake.

  • Jason

    The night before last i had a dream where i was in the middle of this ocean and the water was black and scary and i was underwater and there were millions of snakes all swimming around in the water and they were all different sizes but most of them were huge and then i made it to the surface of the water and the sky was dark and ominous like a storm was coming and lightning was flashing like crazy but i think after that i woke up. It was pretty creepy

  • Anonymous

    In my dream it was so rainy out and my brother comes in to show me a video of him, my dad and younger brother swimming in the flood outside with a big thick and long snake, it was red with black runs and white spots, and when I wanted to go see it the flood was gone, so my little brother and I sat in my living room and he put a long piece of fishing string on the ground and he pulled it and a small snake appeared. The same colours red black and white. I said “it’ll bite you let it go” and I left the room and he ran after me as the snake bit his finger, I made him suck the blood out of it invade there was poison or whatever and washed it and that was it. What does it mean?

  • Sha

    In my dream I was watching a huge snake swim in an out of the water. On the side were people from my job with children, taking them out to the water as if it were an attraction. The snake begin approaching them an attacked 2 of the children. I was in a complete panic mode but I continued to watch only from a distance.

  • Rose

    In my dream i saw a big snake lyk anaconda in water i was out of d water n was lookin at the snake n a turtle was also there but goin their own way

  • AmyRae

    I had a dream I was taking the snake a bath in my newborns baby bath tub. It was a small red snake. The snake was calm and I just kept pouring water on it. Then it attacked me. Bit me twice on my hand. And once on my ass. I threw it off and ran.

  • Sushant

    In my dream, I saw group of elephants going thorough a lake. One of the elephant is biggest one in the last was white in color. Then, one big anaconda came and the leading Grey elephant tried to throw that snake, but anaconda caught that elephant and swallowed it. And I woke up.
    Please tell me what does it mean.

    • Anonymous

      It means youre an idiot

  • Anonymous

    In my dream I needed to cross an area that was flooded with icy waters..as I waded through and went across a snake coming out of some sort of hibernation appeared and swam around me..I stood still and slowly started to continue on my way…the moment I began to move and make my way through the ice and water (which was fairly deep..about up to my shoulders) the snake quickened his pace, swam underwater and bit me. That is all I remember..it’s as if the dream ended as soon as I became aware he bit me but I do remember when the snake appeared and I look at it for the first time..it was just waking up.almost lethargic but that only lasted a second or 2 and then it was wide awake..the snake was also covered with bits of snow and ice….anyway this dream has me stumped ..anyway by feedback would be much appreciated!

  • helena

    Hi i had a dream i was swinging in a pool and a bunny was infront of me when i stud up i saw i stept on the snake but he was hiding away and his tummy was full i quickly swam away and i could see in my dream the what tipe of snake it was it was a python a brown with black spots on it what does this mean

  • Billy Ray Spriggins

    My dream was I was walking in knee High very clear waters when I noticed a black snake curled up ready to strike me once I got in his range I began to warn the others that a snake was in the water. Once I’ve made it out of the water the black snake appeared to rise up appearing standing on his tail and have gotten bigger and began to bite the others on the head.

  • Karenq

    I often see snakes in my dreams. The one, however, which got me really interested is when I dreamt about me laying in bath tube full of cold water, and there were snakes all over, swimming on me. I had no emotions, no fears, nothing, like dead, but I was not dead.

  • kb

    I had a dream where there was a big snake,bigger than anaconda and it was running all over the very big beach swallowing people,i was there but I always managed to escape from the snake to swallow me,i survived till I woke up

  • Brooke

    So me and my freind were at my house in my dream and we were looking for clothes to go out to dinner with my mother who I’m not as close with as I was when I was younger and my grandma who I go and see every day. When we got our cloths my mom pulled up to the patio and we wnt to get in the car and my freind and I see one snake neer the car and she says I hate those kind of snakes don’t you then I looked around and they were every where and there was a hot tub behind us and me and my mom fell in and the snakes in there with us were all calm none tried to hurt us then some how my mom got out and a snake was starting to around me but not coil

  • Anonymous

    I had lots of yellow snakes in the bottom of a swimming pool.and one big black snake in a pot plant.i was deathly afraid of them. My sister jumped in the water and pushed them down the drain.

  • Anonymous


    I dreamt I was in bubble slym water with a very big black and white snake and was very scared and it kept on opening it mouth like it wanted to swallow me.

  • Marichu A. Singson

    I had dreamed a big snake saw in the water crawling towards me while I’m standing with a baby girl because I’m scared of a snake I walked fast and hide frm the snake but i thouroughtly saw his face and mouth on looking us and continue searching if where we are with the baby girl ….what does it mean?

  • Lauren

    For starters my location in my dream seemed familiar. I’m pretty sure I dreamt of seeing it before. It was a backyard the had a bend around the left corner and almost like dirtbike jumps. All ups and downs. And it started raining, pouring and at one point I look into the yard and its flooded. It looked like a creek. So I suggested if anyone wanted to swim. Now my ex fiancé (who I’m still living with) decides he’s going to jump in a swim. I’m excited and on higher ground with my daughter sitting on my shoulders. I start walking on higher ground watching him and I start getting this eerie feeling and I start seeing anacondas everywhere underneath the water putting mine rocks it’s almost like they came out once the waters froze like the ground soften and they were able to come out now at one point I feel like an animal or person got trapped in an underwater snake pit. And my daughter and I just sprinting to get over the mounds and away from them into the house. There were small dogs everywhere passing by and the snakes were going after them too. After the flood was gone we surveillance the property and some dogs weren’t alive, stuck in trees and other places. The snakes were gone at this point. And that’s all I remember. I have dreamt about snakes on two other dream occurances.

  • iqra mushtaq

    i had a dream that i have seen a snake moving opposite to me in clear water.
    The water was clear but not in a big quantity….what does its mean

  • Emily

    Then the girl in the tank screamed. I ran to her and the tank was filled with snakes of all different colors and sizes. The water was also slowly beginning to rise on its own, and I panicked for the girl for she was also shrinking, seeming to get younger as the seconds passed. I panicked more, and stuck my fingers on the two glass panes that held the tank. I opened it a little and let the water rush out, the girl was gulping for air like a fish; the water wasn’t leaving fast enough. I opened the panes more, and then the snakes started to push their way through. I was afraid. They whispered,”Set us free!” and I closed the panes. But the girl would drown if I didn’t let the water out. I took a chance and opened up the panes again. The small snakes were getting through and I slammed the panes together to squeeze them, but the bigger ones were also cramming their way through. The largest was a purple one who spoke first, he loomed over the girl’s face and opened his jaws, fangs ready to sink into her head. I grabbed hold of the cage and shook it like mad. The purple snake glared at me and slammed his body against the glass, and the water came spewing out as the snakes tumbled into the open. I Ran out of the mansion surrounded by a desert where all of this took place and found myself on an incredibly small floating island with one bridge attached to a larger piece of land where people were presumably waiting for me. A loud sound erupted from behind me and the snakes had formed a giant ball and smashed through the doorway tumbling toward me, so I sprinted across the bridge and into the people’s arms while the snakes rolled across the bridge, but they’re weight was too heavy and the bridge broke. The bridge and the cluster of snakes fell down into a dark abyss.

  • Patricia

    I had a dream that I was going to a school and to get inside we had to go through the water or around it and somebody warned me that their were snakes in there and they bite and I was afraid as I went around the swamp thingy

  • Anonymous

    I dream that when im about to use a toilet bowl i saw a snake in the toilet bowl and comes up from there and bite the 3 men.

  • Pam

    I was on hills overlooking below when out of nowhere everything below is being covered in water slowly rising and rising towards me and before I jump in the car like all the other random no faces people do the same I see hundreds of tangled anacondas in the clear water and I got scared even though they weren’t aggressive I still wanted to run and drive off because I didn’t want the water with anacondas to reach me…what does it mean???

  • icey

    I was on a lunch date with my boyfriend and another couple, we were at a dinner that based off on a clean water base. It was following the release of my boyfriend from prison.  A guy approached him asking him about his release he said if you just got of prison I’m sure you can eat a worm he said no they guy then swallowed the worm then offered us a look into a snake hr had cut opened we refused he asked me why was I scared and advised us there were multiple snakes approaching on the water surface that we were sitting on i scream and tried to jump onto the table but my knees locked up and I was unable to movie. The snaked were harmless to me but I was afraid so my boyfriend picked me up and placed me on the top of the table. Then I woke up

  • Jayo

    My dream was of me sitting in the passenger seat of a car while my younger brother drove. I guess I was jealous that he was driving and I wasn’t, so I argued with him and took the wheel. Then the car started going out of control and we crashed into a pond. I was yelling for help while standing in the water, and then a snake appeared. I ran from it screaming help, but the weird thing was it only chased me but didn’t bite me. When I turned to look at it it would shy away or something. Then I’ll wake up.

    • Avneesh singh

      I have seen my self in river with a dead snake with my Mom my mom is already passed away.but in dream I have seen her alive..she was trying to through the dead snake from my side to other area.

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