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.

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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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3851 Responses to Snake Dream

  • vincent
    I dreamt of snake hidding somewhere in my room last night what does it meanvincent
  • Isha
    I saw a dream. I was with my friends playing in a room. There was a snake. It didn't move for a very long time. Suddenly, it started moving and my friends tried to kill it. It was injured and left the room. It was a black snake.
  • Mary
    I had a dream about a handful of small worms; they later turned into 10" long snakes, and I threw them out my window. Then I noticed that there was a large snake in an extra large size garbage bag; I recalled that it was dead. But then, the bag started to move, and I realized that it was alive. I was worried about my children, who play outside often. The next time I looked out the window, the snake grabbed my 10 yr. old son, and I yelled at it "STOP! NO!" then I realized that it didn't understand me, but it paused for a second to look at me before continuing with my son. I noticed it had my 8 yr. old wrapped up in some kind of blanket from head to toe. Also, my 3 year old was laying beside the 8 y/o in the same manner. I felt helpless, and I was too late; it got 3 of my children.
  • Hauwa
    I dreamt that I saw a snack pass then I looked at it and thought of them being many, then I saw that I had commanded a thousands of them but smaller than what I saw passed. I looked at them and felt they were not dangerous. Upon reaching home, I saw the big snack that passed in my room, I shouted snack snack, then my uncle and my sister brought sticks to kill it. It became wild and was evident that it was looking for me, so as they attacked it, the snack was just moving to my direction, I climbed up on a window, talking to it to vanish, rebuking it but it was there hunting me, so I suspended into the air and it jumped to get me. I mentioned Jesus! And woke up.
  • grace
    i dream a snake last night the color is black and its seems she is angry at me and want to bite me and the other one is red but the red one is sleeping i dream a snake every time so i wonder what is that mean in my real mlife
  • Headache
    I had a dream about a snake we found together with my siblings who lives in a a tree on the riverside at the back of our old house....we successfully escaped our first encounter with that snake. 5 years later, we saw that snake again inside our house but this time its size grew bigger...it is now a very huge snake... I had the courage to tracked it where it used to lived... and i bravely grabbed anything well i thibk I am holdin an ax and i killed the snake and chopped it into pieces..
  • grace
    i dream a snake last night the color of the snake is dark and a red one the dark one is trying to bite me but the red one is sleeping i dream a snake not only one but many times im just wondering what is it mean?
  • Roc
    I had a dream about alot of snakes last night, like an infestation of snakes, diffrent colours diffrent sizes, no two the same. i remember trying to lock the garage door up so that people could pass by. Then from the garage i ended up in a louge, and my 7 month old baby was asleep on the couch, and a yellow and green snake with a triangular snake apeared by his head i tried to keep calm and i shhhed everyone around me but before i reached for him the snake struck him. what does this mean???????
  • Jagruti Patel
    I dreamt of snake around 3.30 or 4pm. On of my friend (whom I am not knowing in real life) ate snake and I asked him to remove it from his mouth, he did as I told him..The snake was very long and it was Orange in colour with yellow strips on it. Later I was in my house with a snake which was black in colour and I was holding it from its tail.The snake was very angry because I was playing with it, I was throwing it away without leaving tail, playing was fun for me but the anger level of snake was raising, it wanted to bite whoever comes in front but I was holding it very tightly from the tail portion that I could feel it's nerves. Later we had a basket and we (I,my sister and few kids) left the snake into a basket and it became squirrel...I know it is weird but the snake turned into squirrel..I didn't understand what was my dream about but it really made me scared.please help me...
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  • Ankit Pal
    In my snake dream i wan on the room of under construction house with my family and then suddenly three big giant snake appears, everyone was scared including me but somehow my father take stand and protect all of us by taking all of us out there.In the later i was alone but snakes were chasing wherever i go they from an unexpected spot like from tap or from hole on a wall and i was just running from the snakes by going to different places but keep followed an then i woke up. BTW the snakes were so big like anaconda in movies on of them was brown color, another on was kind of red color, also there was green an yellow too. please help me because after seeing thins dream I'm have a very strange feeling now that is going to happen.
  • Maria
    During my dream i was with my brother and cousin whatching tv. Our light are off and i was lying in ground(prone position) while they are seated. They are laughing i think its because of what we are watching and then i wanted to rest in our long couch to be surprise by a snake going to the same couch then i fall to the ground and the snake was there. We did the same routine 3time until i was in the ground agad and it bit me. I think the snake looks like a cobra. I hope some one can help me interpret my dream.
  • Tonia
    Ok so I had a dream last night that involved many different types of snakes. Some were harmless and others were deadly. The harmless ones I was chopping their heads off and they just kept coming into my home through and vent and wouldn't stop. They didn't interact with me they would just slither by and I would kill them. I got bit by the venomous one that looked like a cobra on my ankle and the wound got worse. Someone else in my dream poured the venom on the wound and it healed. I'm not sure what this dream meant but it was very very vivid. Any ideas?!
  • Savannah
    I don't recall ever seeing snakes in a dream before, and in my waking life I am cautious but I would definitely hold one if it let me. In my most recent dream I was in my bathroom with what seemed to be a pet snake, bright green in color with yellow eyes. He was playing in the water and I was sitting in the tub with him, my real pet rabbit was also with us in the bathroom. At one point the snake made his way into the tub faucet and I could see him through the hole. He seemed curious like he was looking for something, and somehow he became stuck and lost part of his tail. He left the faucet much shorter and swam to my arms, looking absolutely exhausted. In a very animated fashion he even sighed and plopped his little head against my body. Now I have no real experience with snakes other than seeing them in a friend's house or on Animal Planet, but when I was a young girl I had two pet iguanas, and they would often lose a piece of their tail which would eventually grow back. The snake in my dream seemed friendly and unafraid of me, but threatened by the rabbit, as though he were jealous. Or very hungry. Atound the same time the snake returned, I had the rabbit in the water with me as well, and I panicked when he snapped at Jax(my real pet rabbit), who was doing her best to swim away. I remember calling out for my mom's help, as the rabbit is actually hers so she would be able to pick her up. By the time she came into the bathroom, both the snake and the rabbit were curled up in my arms, one on each side, sound asleep. It must have truly looked incredible, my mom cooed and scooped up Jax to dry her off. I was afraid of the snake biting me the way a new pet owner is cautious of a species they've never owned, still learning their habits and how to handle them. Not once did he actually bite me, I felt love for each animal and I wanted to protect and comfort them, almost overwhelmingly so. In hindsight I can see how fantastical of a dream it was, but playing with pets and introducing them to one another is something I deal with on a daily basis. I have two large dogs who are fascinated with the rabbit, and they coexist in our home. I would never dip my poor rabbit in the bathrub for a swim, but we used to do this with the iguanas all the time. They loved swimming almost as much as they loved sunbathing. The snake was very beautiful, and I remember seeing the piece of tail inside the faucet hole, as I never took my eyes off of him except to grab the rabbit. If it's possible for a snake to look sad and defeated, that's the pitiful look he gave me, which immediately made my heart melt like butter. I was so releaved that he came out, and that he wanted to be in my arms. He was obviously some sort of tree snake that could swim, but being that he was a pet I never thought that he was venomous, I was more afraid of the actual bite than being poisoned, but this never happened in my dream.

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