What Does It Mean When You Dream About Snakes?

Dreaming About Snakes

When you dream about snakes, chances are that the meaning of what you just dreamed about is related to challenging issues and feelings that you’re facing in your daily life.

According to Freud’s classic dream interpretation theory, a snake featured in a dream represents a phallic symbol that could relate to a male figure, male energy or how you experience your sexuality.  Interpreting what your dream about snakes means does not stop there however. To fully understand its meaning, you need to look deeper into the interpretation of this rich symbol.

What Does it Mean to Dream about Snakes?

To get start interpreting what dreaming about snakes means, here are the most common meanings associated with snakes in dreams:

  • A snake is a symbol of the unconscious
  • Snakes or serpents indicate you’re in the process of healing and resolving issues
  • The snake is a symbol for an untamed part of yourself or an untapped resource
  • Snakes could represent your intuition or spiritual aspects of yourself; your instinctual drive, what moves you from the depths of your soul
  • Snakes or serpents tend to show up in dreams in times of transition and transformation
  • From the classic Freudian perspective, a snake or serpent is a phallic symbol

Generally, a snake featured in a dream means that you’re dealing with a difficult situation or unsettling emotions in your waking life. On the positive side of this dream analysis, dreaming of snakes could also mean that healing and transformation are taking place.

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3 Keys to decode the meaning of your snake dream:

  1. Look at general dream meanings.
  2. Translate the elements of your dream into meaningful dream interpretation clues.
  3. Connect the content of your dream with your daily life.

If you know how to interpret your dream, you may discover ways to resolve these issues and encourage your personal growth. Like the snake that strikes when it feels threatened, the presence of the serpent in your sleep symbolizes a wake up call to look at fears about your own feelings or a threatening situation in your waking life.

Dreaming About Snakes

Go further with the interpretation of your Snake Dream

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What does it mean when I dream of a snake?

If you feel fear when you see the snake in your dream, it indicates that you are having difficulties facing the unknown or uncertainty in your life.


When the presence of the snake in your dream is neutral or friendly, it suggests that you are dealing with fears or concerns with assurance. It is an indicator that healing is taking place.

If you’re dreaming of a wild snake, it may denote negative aspects associated with the animal, such as worries, fears or concerns about something that going out of control.

If you’re dreaming of a pet snake, it could relate to an opportunity for healing or positive changes in your life.

When you are fighting with a snake, it means that you are resisting a change or struggling with a decision or feelings in your waking life. It may represent a power struggle in your intimate relationship or at work.

Being chased by a snake means that you are facing an intimidating situation in your life that is haunting you. Emotions that you have not dealt with are coming back at you.

A dream of being attacked by a snake, it could be calling you to explore a challenging situation in your life and how to deal with it.

If you are dreaming of being bitten by snake, it means that you need to pay attention to something that you’ve been avoiding because it was too intimating or uncomfortable.

If the snake spits its venom at you, it suggests that there’s a negative influence in your life that’s difficult to handle. It may represent a “poisonous” relationship or negative words or rumors around you.

Talking to a snake suggests that you are engaged in a process of understanding higher knowledge about yourself and your world. It indicates that you are open to receiving information of a more mystical nature.

If you have a dialog or if the snake talks in your dream, it signifies that your potentials are being realized and your opening up to new possibilities in life.

For more interpretation of snake dreams, consult the snake dream meanings section.

Connect your Snake Dream with your Life

Here are dream interpretation hints to guide the analysis of your snake dream. A general interpretation method consists in associating traits that belong to the animal you dreamed about with situations in your waking life or aspects of your personality. You may find that the following generic snake characteristics are present in your dream, as well as in your daily life.

  • Snakes are wild, untamed animals that cannot be trained. They are beyond our control.

Interpretation hint: Look if you are currently experiencing feelings or a situation that feel that way in your waking life; look withing to see if you need to pay attention a an untamed part of yourself that needs more space to express itself or develop harmoniously.

  • Snakes are unpredictable. They tend to strike by surprise; they appear unexpectedly and disappear as fast as they showed up.

Interpretation hint: Can you associate these qualities with a fear you may be having or your own behavior when facing a challenging situation?

  • They primarily evoke aversion and fear in humans.

When snakes and humans meet, there’s a danger that the snake will attack, mostly as a reaction to fear or feeling threatened.

  • Snakes move close to the ground and are associated with the earth.

Interpretation hint: Feel into your own connection with the earth; whether you feel grounded, with your feet on the ground or not; how you relate to your primal instincts.

  • Snake shed their skin when they grow, leaving behind the old during their transformation process.

Interpretation hint: Snakes are great symbols for personal transformation; look at what’s changing in your life or in yourself or what you hope to change or leave behind in order to move on.

  • Some snakes’ venom is poisonous, even deadly, if they bite.

Interpretation hint: Death or the fear of dying in a dream is not to be taken literally. It’s often symbolic of the death of the old and the opportunity to leave behind what you no longer need. It could also represent grieving a loss of something or someone who was important to you.

  • They possess the antidote to their own venom.

Interpretation hint: Often, a challenging situation is also an opportunity to discover something new and take on an opportunity. Look at how this relates to your life right now.

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Conclusion: Key Points to Enhance your Dream Interpretation

Here are two key points to refine the interpretation of your dream.

Reconnect with the Snake in your Dream

The snake featured in your dream is most likely a transposed image or symbol of something that’s actually happening or preoccupying you in your daily life. It’s important to remember and recall the presence of the snake as it was in the dream.

For example, you can project yourself back in the dream, recall all sorts of details about what the snake looked like, how it was moving, how you were feeling. You could even imagine you can ask the dream snake questions about its intentions, what message it has for you, etc. This will get you started in decoding what the snake in your dream could symbolize.

Snake Dream & Call from the Unconscious

When interpreting a snake dream, a key point is to keep in mind that the serpent in your sleep means you’re symbolically receiving a wake up call from your unconscious.

Dreaming about a snake is usually an indicator that you need to pay attention to something important that you perhaps have been avoiding or that has escaped your awareness until now. Interpreting your dream will help you discover what it is and what you could do to about it.

When you’re dreaming of a snake, you can use your interpretation to encourage positive changes in your life. A snake dream can function like a two-sided coin: For each negative feeling in the dream, such as fear, apprehension, anxiety, or confusion, there’s an opportunity to realize something positive that will serve you in your waking life.

Bonus: Snake Symbols in Popular Myths and Traditions

The symbolism in a snake dream is primarily anchored in the personal life of the dreamer. Because the snake is a powerful symbol in many traditions and cultures, a snake dream can also be influenced by a wider meaning given to the snake or serpent in one’s culture.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the snake tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden. It is tinted with negative connotations and a symbol for temptation, evil, and sin.

In the Hindu tradition, Lord Siva wears a snake around his neck, as a representation of the control of dark forces and temptation. It also symbolizes the power of kundalini, the life force.

In ancient Greek mythology, Medusa is a Gorgon, represented as a woman with snake hair who can turn into stone whoever she looks at. According to the psycho-analytic perspective, it is a symbol for castration or repressed sexual energy.

Another popular Greek myth is about Aesclepius, Greek god of healing and medicine, who inspired rituals where snakes were used. Today, the rod of Asclepius is what we know as the Caduceus, symbol for modern medicine. In our dreams, it represents the opportunity for healing.

The feathered serpent from the Aztecs of South America is a symbol for the creator of life.

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515 Responses to Snake Dream

  • maria coley

    I dreamed that I was in a field riding in a car with my husband and as we were riding, I saw a fat long snake lying from one end of the road to the other side. We turned around and as we turned around, another snake jumped up at me.  We then went home and a snake was in our room and it jumped on my husband. He threw the snake on the floor and I threw a towel on it and was telling my husband to kill it but he just kept looking at it. I was moaning in my sleep so loud that my husband had to wake me up. The old people say when you dream about snakes, you are dreaming about your enemies.

  • Brenna

    I worked at a shop I can’t remember if it was a pet shop or some kind of country feed store type of place but there were 2 cage displays and one had a extremely rare poisonous snake and the other had a extremely rare blue mouthed poisonous viper type of snake. I don’t think they were real life type but whatever. There was a male in his 20s messing with the blue copies cage and I warned him to get away from the display as he was really agrivating the snake and some how the viper got loose and bit the guy. I started panicking! I started to go look for my boss to let him know what happened but then the other snake started to come out of its enclosure and was going under the other enclosure. And what’s weirded is that the enclosures for those 2 snakes were suspended in the air. So as I’m trying to get out the blue vipor suddenly appears right in front of me and lifts itself up like a cobra and just stares at me. Not in a menacing way but sort of a curious manner. All I remember was that I was terrified because I didn’t know where the other snake was and I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get away. Then I woke up! But I was still panicked and felt intense parinoia. Please help!

  • MyCat8it

    I had a dream of two snakes intertwined on a branch. The snakes were pink and yellow and the colors melded together. I left the room (yes, the branches were inside a room, high over our heads) and when I came back, one of the snakes left and was now outside, but the second snake stayed. Somehow, I knew the remaining snake was a female.

    There was no threat from either snake, just their odd presence when we weren’t expecting it.

    Real life tie-in. I had two new employees, one was here for 3 months, and the other just for a few weeks. The first employee never really fit in, but the second fit it on the first week like she’s been here forever. The first employee gave notice and she left two days ago. I think this might be a symbolic dream of healing from the toxic employee and moving on with the new person.

    But, I’m open to other interpretations.

  • Rev

    I had a dream of big snake protect me… Where ever I go it’s follow behind me… When I sit, it’s behind me fully cover me from sun set n protect from everything…

  • Vigneshwaran s - India

    I had snake bitten dream too like others, I’m not sure that i’ve bitten by snake but it touch my right leg and after that I saw a teeth shape on my right leg. The dream was I’m staying in one of relatives home with two more unknown peoples and we three chasing three snakes and one of them got bitten by snake and she was a women and she died and I don’t know about the another person and then I just caught a snake and out into a basket and try to kill with a lengthy stick, after few smashes suddenly snake started to rotate his head then touched my right leg there is no sign of bitten and I’ve checked my leg then I saw a teeth signs then run to washroom starts took wash my legs and drink plenty of water and started too easy neam leaves and I’m listening my body state of any changes after few seconds…. I’m my dream I’m leaving this planet and waked up with confusion…….

  • Jameela

    I had a dream today about a creature who was apparently a snake. It was a female,a pragnent female who asked for my help and she knew magic. She befriended me and when enraged my a human in my dream it turned into a dragon and scared him. It was a strange dream. When she calmed down she was again a snake. She was not having a defined size and was a size changer. *-*

  • kitty

    in my dream I was with my brother we were each sitting in a living room with a sliding glass door a small skinny snake about 2 ft long, was crawling loose I flung it outside as quick as I could as I hate snakes so I was pretty brave
    and I had shut the sliding glass door, & the snake was knocking at the glass door with his mouth or face(head) as if he lived there or was someones pet!

  • Maria Anthonie santos

    I saw I head of the big snake want to bite me but there is a big man fight for it the second dream big snake again I saw her but there is a man again my cousin and may dreams the snake comeback and comeback

  • Anonymous

    My dirty White snake dream someone caught it in the grass that was growing around a telephone pole and put it in my face as if bragging on them self mode I commanded that person to git the snake out of my face they were to close to my face and to kill it they said they had killed it but they cut the snake in half but the snake was still moving in my direction so I realized the snake needed to be shot in the. Head too die. Ame that’s what happened.donald

  • Sherifat

    I had the dream of snakes two consecutive days one I was holding the snake and patting it like a baby,and the second day I saw a giant snake caught by some people, it might sound weird but the people I saw were movies stars the snake was trapped in a cage and trying to bite one of the stars in the eyes I shouted pls moved back he listened. But one of my family members was there he told me the snake they caught is for eating it .

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