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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469 Responses to Snake Dream

  • Jason

    If you dream with snake, probably you’ll get a big black mamba .

  • Justine

    I just woke up. I dreamt of snakes a lot of them mostly color yellow, very long ones. I was walking by where the place I used to grow up and live before, I was walking calmly and asking my self why are there lot of snakes? Snakes were calm too just passing by. My uncle in my dream told me that if you won’t do anything, they won’t do anything too. Just leave them. But I was worrying in my mind if how are my little brothers and where they are cause I want them to know there are snakes everywhere so just ols be extra careful. Then here comes my nannies, telling that snakes must be killed or else they will multiply. If there are big ones, that means it’s too late cause they’ve multiplied and we can’t get rid of them anymore.

  • Naomi

    I had a dream that a snake come out from under my bed it scared me then it just looked at me moved a round my bed room then went back under my bed so I lifted the mattres it was hiding in a little cardboard box what looked like a cereal box the snake didn’t fully fit in box it was sticking out abit but was still didn’t move then it come back out the next night moving round my room my fella then appears in my dream trying to catch the snake we managed to move the snake to the shed what dose this dream mean it felt so real

  • Karlo

    In my dream I saw a lot of snakes coming to our house. The situation is there was a typhoon & floods everywhere & since my house in my dream was elevated all of the snakes come to my house.

  • kinshu

    i dreamed that m in my hostel (which is dofferent from one i m currently living in) i saw i was washing my clothes in washroom at 3rd floor m suddenly from the pipe snake (a python) suddenly i stand up from there n screaming mumma mumma and then my mom came it ws very big n leanthy n we both came out from hostel room and closed the door after sometime my mom opened door i ws scared like hell bt to ur surprise snake ws disappered then suddenly in middle of room my mom have a rope in his hand n she saw a dog (i guess german shepard) she drags him out the room with room n suddenly one more dog appeares near my mom n den wen we drag him out of room he (the dog) starts talking n saying that he killed that snake n throws it out of window

  • Prashant sinha

    I dreamed that i am in acottage in jungle like a safari. In the night snakes came and talked to me like theatening me that he is more powerfull than me and attached but I fought with a stick and he went in a hole after being defeated and left his skin outside. Then a king cobra appered in bushes showed his fins but at the end I won talk and went into my room. Having feeling of being saved. In my life I am going through a job tranfer to a new place where I have never been.It is uncomfortable but for career growth and finances I have to go there.I am going to live alone first time and my wife is going to give birth to my child. Plz interpret my dream

  • Revathy

    I obsessed with somdeone . I wanna be with herbut she doesnt care or acknowledge my affection for her. She doesnt even talk. Now she married and settled in california with her husband. In my dream i saw a samll black poisonous snake under my bed with harness. One girl who was my collegemate long ago disturbed the resting snake with a stick and tried to control it. I watched it sitting the bed. Snake was trying to bite soemone frm nehind who was standing near it. Is this dream related to my obsession for my lover? Is it a good sign or bad sign to see balck snake?

  • D Jones

    I had a dream I’ve been chased by small snakes as they’re we chasing I was killing them throwing them in a lake
    Also in the dream I was talking to a woman she acted like she was my friend and at the end of the conversation she stated to fight with me but and I bit her so bad Dan – when she took a bag of black bag of snakes and release them and he started chasing me and as they were chasing me like I said before I was killing them

  • garanganei4@gmail.com

    It was surprise for me at night when I saw snake moving around me
    look like is going to bite me but at atlas, am safe from that when
    it didn’t. I wake up this morning in order to understand what is going on in my
    life for that kind of dream whom i didn’t experience in my life. Anyway, I it is great experience
    in my life since i got interpretation and the meaning of it.


    I saw a white cobra in my dream and i was trying to say something to it. The snake was relaxing. Then when i came back to see the snake it has moved to another place from the original place. To me it did not showed that it was aggressive. Till i got up from the dream it was relaxing at the same place and basically playing with my cats without showing any danger. First time in my history i saw a big white cobra and wanted to know why i saw it in my dreams

  • Jessica

    Not only one time I dream about snakes but I wonder it was a cool dream they dont bite ther just moving around me n I was so scared when i saw them… Maybe someone can share the meaning of this dream?  Just conscious about this dream…

  • Robbartz

    I dreamt I was walking on a footpath by the side of a road. There were many green snakes hunting for prey and a large number attacked a bird that had landed. They were all over the road and footpath and I was trying to avoid them. A car went past and I thought it should be safe to quickly cross the road to get to the other side where there were less of them. As I was crossing a large green snake lunged at me, I kicked it away a couple of times and then woke up while diving across the bed to avoid being bitten.

  • nel

    A red snake fighting with blue green snake and the red snake was defeated

  • Tex

    It was a bowl of snakes basically but this one brown kinda snake looked more detailed like a real snake & I’ve dreamed of this scene before. I wasn’t scared or anything I was calm just confused why the other people taking the same “food” weren’t freaking out.

  • Molly

    Anyone wants to tell me what this dream means.

    I had a dream that a blonde colored cobra stood up. I grabbed it to shut it up. Trying to grab by the neck avoiding the bite the cobra bit me but I did not die. I did manage to cut the head off, but I never died.

  • dean

    in my dream i went to my camp an i see snakes i come home an im in bed sleeping an my bed is full snakes

  • Draile16

    hi! Ive dreamt about snake a few hours ago. In my dream, i was in a room and carefully transferring the snakes on another container that is filled of water. I was acting like im know what Im doing although i know i am feeling anxious and scared since im dealing with snakes i keep going. After putting d last snake on d hole, i thought i was done but as i step back i saw one snake slithered on the hole and was trying to scape. So what i did is to get some cover and a stick to poke it back on the whole which was a bad move since I saw how hes head move towards me and on d position to attack. Scared as it is I still try to poke it and push it towards tha hole when suddenly it felt on the murky water sorrounding the container and stay hidden. Afraid that im not seeing his head I stepped back and tried to secure myself a pointy stick as if waiting for its attack any moment. I woke up when the water starts to move. And when I woke up I feel worried not on my dream but on something I can’t explain. Can anyone interpret this to me? Thank u

  • Manu

    I dreamt of lots of snake lurking/going towards our house. There’s lots of them of diffrent species. One of the stand outs is the black cobra and somehow it struck my older sister. I hurridly went inside our house and told my mom about the snakes. To my surprise, my mom was too complacent about it, she did’nt bother at all. I find myself devicing things to use against the snakes, like a knife(blazing one). I saw them entering the house, most of them are colored black. There is this old man who helped me along the way. I was able to fight the snake with a blazing knife and to my notice the snakes are gone. I continue talking to the old man and seems like he knew my mom.

  • Shane

    I was dreaming that I climbed the tree at my school campus. I hold the black twig of the tree and it’s seems smooth so I cut it. When I’m already on the ground I saw a snake above the tree where I just I climed it off. The snake was facing on me with it’s showy tongue. And when I look to the twig that J just cut it off, I was surprised that the twig became a black snake. The snake that I was holding facing also to the snake above the tree. The snake on my hand is seems sweet because he don’t bite me at all rather he stare with some anger to the snake above the tree. But because I don’t expect that I was holding a snake all the time, I throw it away from me. And the sweet snake before become an angry snake now. Now, he seems angry to me too and he looks he want to eat me. Suddenly, all the black twigs on trees became snake too. So I decided to run, but no one was chasing me. But along on my way there’s always a snake. So when the snake hinder my way I killed them with an axe which I also hold, wondering where it comes from. What was my dream means? Please reply, I need an interpretation.

  • ar

    I had no luck finding a good interpretation for my dream, did not find the experience scary and was not being attacked or bitten…

    I was talking to someone in my living room when I saw a huge anaconda coming out where the electric plug was supposed to be, right towards me. I was not afraid, I grabbed it by the head and drew it’s venom out, for some reason was wondering how I would use the venom. When i drew all venom out on a tissue, i let go of it and it went away. The snake wanted to go through another electricity plug but it’s body was way too thick and I thought it just might get stuck midway.

  • Jamar

    I dreamed my nephew had a snake in his car. The snake was cool. I was talking with the snake. My nephew started to spray air freshener in his car. Then the snake rose up and tried to strike the right side of my neck repeatedly.

  • Jen

    In my dream I was confronted by an Albino diamond back rattlesnake.  I was traveling with family and the snake was in the car, it wasn’t until the snake fully came out of its hiding place that I was able to identify it.  At that point it did try to attack, but I was able to secure the snake and release it into the wild once we got to a place that the snake would be safe.  The whole time we were driving though I had to hold the snake tightly to keep it from getting loose and striking me, I felt bad because the snake was in obvious discomfort.once the snake was released there was a feeling of great relief.

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