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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3719 Responses to Snake Dream

  • Em

    I had a dream where there were hundreds of snakes (most of them were albino boa constrictors) in this hedge-maze area I was in and I was trying to find this really big albino boa constrictor so I could put it in the snake cage I had. Most of the dream was spent trying to avoid and kick snakes off of me and to not get bitten. I found the boa constrictor and put it in the cage and it stopped moving and seemed content just in the cage.

  • Josephine

    Hi, I had a dream a colorful beautiful snake with red color the other color I for forget. I see this snake in a dream that he eat all the snake he see. What this mean pls help me.

  • Jerald

    I was walking and suddenly Isaw the snake its on hang and suddenly I hold the small snake in my hand I think I killed the small one. And the big snake continue following wherever I go .but the snake is seems friendly..

  • Shivi

    I was chased by a colourful snake.it was massive.Someone locked the snake in some room and after sometime someone killed that snake.

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  • Magdeleen

    I had a dream about a snake that was alive with a hamster in the cage. Then the snake was in 3 pieces but the head still alive. I gave it a mouse but the mouse bit off the snout. It was still alive and tried to suffocate the mouse. It also bit the hamster. Before that I had to take a snake for tests but never went back to the vet. Then I did but left. The vat ran after me but did not get to me. Later the snake was dead and dried out. The hamster was ok and also the mouse.

    • Sujith

      I dreamed about the snake in pieces but head still alive.

  • Luxury

    I dream I was trapped between two fences trying to get out .. after two attempts I looked up and notice a gold and white snake just looking at me on the top of the on of the fence… what this dreams means anyone

  • Pankti

    Long time ago i had a dream that i was somewhere near a jain temple..after i come out from there n as i open the door of my car i see is a lot of black snakes in my car..that too very very huge n big..i get afraid and start running towards my home and all of the snakes follow me..i panick and try to get home as soon as possible n there are all snakes everywhere i go..only those black huge ones..then i see my mother and dad..as i go towards them..the snakes eat them up in front of me..i cry cry cry n sleep..waking up to evrything made of those giant huge black snakes..walls..my home..trees..car..everything made up of snake..and in fear i get up.
    Today i dreamt about snakes again..i go to a wedding i see snakes there..n come out of the wedding and sit on a table where my friends n cousins are sitting. As i come i see a snake there too..it was black n white snake just looking at me..then evry1 comes out of the wedding as the wedding is called off..den i go to my frnd to meet her to let me knw the reason..n there comes the groom sayin its all ur fault n bla bla bla..den dey fight and old people create a big drama out of it..later after i come home the same snake haunts me..n evry1s like y u so afraid..its our pet..those are my family members tellin me that the snake is my oet and going to give babies and then u’ll have a lot of snakes to play with..and then she gives birth and there are a lot of snakes evrywhere i go..again..but black n shite this time..n babies of snakes are folded with snake mom’s body..evry1 rolling around and m panicking..and the snake bites me..and nothing happens to me..i panick more and get up.
    Please tell me what does all this mean?

    • Nikunj

      its really nice story. just make note of all dream n try to write a one fiction book or story about your dream. may be you can write screen play of movie.. go dream are showing you your destiny some other way… best luck see more snake in dream don’t be scared enjoy your fictional dream.

      my best


    • R singh

      You might have done something that you believe is wrong and perhaps it would have resulted loss/harm to someone.
      You think that you have committed sin and for that you will be punished sooner or later.

  • gautham

    I got a dream that someone left the snake in a room with a cat and cat killed the snake. I could see the snake die and after some time i woke up and slept again i could see the snake alive in the same position. How do i interpret it ?

  • Cor

    I dreamed that I am fighting with the big head snake and i killed it.

  • Blanca


    I had a dream and up until right now, I’m confused about the meaning.

    In my dream, my husband and I were walking in some neighborhood.  I felt my left shoulder heavy.  As I turned around, I noticed there was a snake. I wasn’t scared, and I said calmly to my husband to take the snake off me.  He reached to grab it and as I was walking faster, I looked back and made eye contact with the snake.  Then I got this feeling that the snake didn’t want to leave my side.  It reached over and bit me on my shoulder, like trying to grab on to me.  I woke up and my shoulder was hurting from where the snake bit me.  When I woke up, I was on my right side so I found it weird that I was hurting.  I felt confused in a way and I don’t know what this means.  Can someone help me with the meaning?  Thanks in advanced.

  • Rahul

    different types of snakes some are uglies scary with one eye came into dreams, in food, my apartment, floor, over bed, over computer laptop, staircase, totally get scared, I am interpreting the dream but still can’t able to solve problem if possible please reply and give suggestion or help through mail, thank you

  • Ms alone

    The first one i dreamed that my sister catched the big snake under the flood with full of mud. The second one, i dreamed again, i saw it facing to me i was so scared i called my relatives, when the snakes were about to come nearer it flew very high to another place, i also called the official something like tha, but when it was to catched again it flew high to another place also.
    I reaaly dont undestand why im dreaming about this for the second time.

  • Kenneth paladin

    I always dream about snake very oftenly dream of mind sometimes they attacted me sometimes they bite me sometimes they fall at me sometimes I dream that they are to many dead snake and now I dream they are my pet but I’m trying to throw them because I feel so scared on them one big and one small what is that why I always dream about them it’s to wired

  • Irno

    Just dreamed that I was (feeling curious, anticipatory and enthusiastic) driving (with a friend as a passenger I know in real life in the rear passenger side seat) on a long winding one lane road that I could see only a little ways down at the time but it was following my ‘lead’ or ‘steering’.  Also the ‘road’ was a white (not albino) snake but only sometimes (sometimes it was just a concrete road).

  • Misty

    My cousin whom I don’t much like nor do I have anything to do with appeared in my dream, placing baby snakes in mouth . I remember being concerned in my dream she was doing this, in case she swalllowed and they went down her thirst etc ,she was taunting me with this act , much how her behaviour was when I did have a childhood relationship with her. 🐍Al her family have this narcissistic trait of baiting people .

  • Sudheer
    • Sudheer

      I was playing cricket in fields with my friends.Ball went near a snake hole.I went after ball near a snake hole suddenly a snake popped up and bit me

      • Sudheer

        I was playing cricket in fields with my friends.Ball went near a snake hole.I went after ball near a snake hole suddenly a snake popped up and bit me then I lucid dream it again & saved myself.

  • Evelyn

    I dreamed that I was sitting down and when I looked at my left foot, my toes where the snakes’ head and the rest of the body was underneath the foot.  I stood up and started shaking the foot and they started to fall off.  What this could means?  Please help!

  • Azgar Anwar

    Last night i dreamed of 2 snakes on the road side. One was lying down and 1 was in his position. And i was walking with 2 of my friends and 1 among 2 friends started irritating a snake.
    I can remember only this in my dream. What it could be.? Please help me to find the interpretation for this

  • rena

    Lastnight i dream about a big serpent in my roof and also a red dog the color of the serpent were black and gray and i started to pray and then i kill both of dem by cutting dey neck of so i went and call someone to get it out of my roof when coming back to my home i look up in the sky and i see i was reading verses from the sky what does this dream means

  • rosalie

    For the past 3 years of having no dreams, this is my first time in 2017 that I dreamed of 4 snakes, 3 snakes were at the backyard having tall trees and long grown bushes, the other one at the warehouse and looking someone to attack. Unfortunately, one of my friend that snake and attacking him. He never lost hope but then he holds the snake neck and cut it off. As I woke up, i thought its true coz i haven’t forgotten what i dreamed of. Any idea what it is all about?

  • Madelyn

    I had a dream with a snake and this snake was about 100 feet long and black and grey hanging from a tree. I was with about 20 people and we all were so scared. Please help me figure why I dreamed this.

  • Happiness

    I dreamt that the snake is crowling in my body i was lying down and watching the snake crowling on me he started from my feet to my head, upon reaching my neck i feel tickle after he finished crowling, he again want to crowl on me and this time he show his tounge and lick me two times(sorry for the term lick i dont know how to call that, he just move his tounge in my legs thats it) then i said no then i woke up.

  • bhavani

    I hit a snake with wooden stick but it was escaped and I was searching for the snake in my dream. What does it mean

  • forever awake

    Last night I dreamt I went for a walk around my neighbourhood, while on this walk I kept spotting snakes hiding in the grass. When I arrived home there was a snake on my front door, I waited for it to leave and the rushed to get into my house, was not quick enough to get into my house and the snake returned and bit me

  • Cherie

    In my dream, I was given a snake as a present. I didn’t have anything to put the snake in, so I had to keep holding it and it was freaking me out. For some reason, if I put it down, that would mean it would die, and I didn’t want it to, so I kept holding it. It was squirming and moving, and it was grossing me out but I just couldn’t put it down!

  • Ness

    Its 3am

    I had a dream there was a large snake that followed me and clung to my legs. Everytime I moved it would quickly move back to my legs. Somebody tried pulling it off and it got angry and started to tighten its grip causing me pain. I remember thinking why is it hurting me if it likes me so much. It wasnt a scary dream but definitely odd.

  • Hazel

    Just woke up from an explosive dream where this big andicanda snake was trying to get me and like 2 or 3 ppl, we found a vacant type of place with alot of rooms and hide next thing you know I’m going through a tunnel then I’m trying to get over this lady’s fence with someone… Doesn’t really make sense and also I couldn’t really run like that feeling of being paralyzed by fear I remember I had to take off my shoes to really start running..and my dream sometimes starts back from a previous dream or I’ll see things in my dream that have happened in other dreams or maybe I have multiple dreams idk but its kind of freaky.

  • Marie

    I saw a sliver snake very long in the grass infornt of my house but later it was in my room. A certain girl that I dont know kill it. It was share into two but the half was still living. It was still running all in the room with blood on it.

  • Marie

    I dreamed 2 days ago about a sliver snake very long it was in the grass infornt of my house. But later I saw it in my room and certain girl kill it but it was cut into two, but it didn’t die the half was still living and it was tuning all in the room. We were still looking for it to kill it.

  • Lesley

    I’m 20 weeks pregnant and had a dream about a small yellow and fat Brown snake.  They were following me and stalking me.  One eventually bit my finger but I was able to open its mouth and get it off of me, at which point I put the tail of the snake into its own mouth and it essentially ate itself.  The snakes were talking but not much other than threats.  I can’t remember all the details but it seems as if they are trying to wake me up to something or prepare me for something. I have Dr’s appointments this week for sonogram and fetal heartbeats, I hope it’s not an indication of something to come. My Dreams with this pregnancy have been very strange.

  • Tammie

    Its 4 am i just woke from a dream where i was in a messy room clothes everywhere when i spot a green snake on a shelf in the top right corner of the room with weird yellow teeth ripping/chewing its skin off then it drops to the floor (i heard the thud but didnt see it) and i see it biting a dog on the tail. Its teeth were weird and yellow and it envoked fear in my dream im screaming for everyone to leave the house and to get tje phone where i try to call a snake catcher but accidently call a friend who i tell ‘i cant talk now will call u later’ and then i woke up.

  • Chrissy

    Hi I had a strange dream last night of snakes coming out of my mouth one by one . Very strange as I’ve never dreamt like this before . They had big heads and were pale looking . I pulled about 5-6 out . I wasn’t choking when they were coming out one by one they just came out freely cheers 😀

  • Margaret

    Its 2:56am .already.i woke up because of unconciouse dream about snake.i saw them,in the plant.along the road.those little snake.in every plant i see there is a little snake hangging up there.then,when i arrived at my aunt house i saw 2 little snake in the boat.then i heard there neighbors that,one child bitten by snake then the child die.

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    • ms fabulous

      About approximately 4:45 on the morning of the 27 January I dreamt of three snake 1 medium size orange and bl one fine small long black snake and a big black and orangesh colour they all was trying to come towards me but I manage to chop the fine long black one in half, cut the medium orange and black and someone from nowhere helps me to chop the biggest one ‘



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