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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417 Responses to Snake Dream

  • Eugenia Fernandez

    I dreamed that a snake sneak into out lot and climbed in an avocado tree. Then my sister was afraid that the snake would go in the basement through an opened window so I got a large framed screen and told her that will keep it out. I was looking for some nails and found some nail good concrete nail to adhere well. When I went around the back of my moms house that where we were,I looked up at the tree and there it was the snake eating the green avocado the snake had a mouthful of green avocado. When it saw me it threw itself towards me and I ran, but it follow me to the house. I slammed the door and she tried to come through a crack but it got stuck between the door. My mother came and I said don’t get close to it cause it could bite you. That’s good is not a cobra cause they are poisonous. And she said why do you have to say those things. And mom went close to the door but the snake stretched out and bit her ad she try to get a knife and the snake bit her again. So she grab the snake and cut the snake by the mouth and cut the part that has the fangs out of the snake and I helped her grab the head it was a larger head thank it looked from afar. And I woke up

  • Nelly

    I dreamt that my boyfriend was petting a snake and that snake came towards me and bit me on the neck

  • Richard

    Last night I dreamt I was in a field and there were snakes but they weren’t attacking me instead they were just watching me at first, I was tempted to run away because I was afraid of being attacked but instead I stood to watch they started to slither closer to me but it wasn’t only those two snakes started coming from all over I was scared and panicky but again they didn’t attack they just came closer, even though I was jumping and being all hysterical they still didn’t attack at this point I realised that something was up and calmed down and just didn’t bother with them at some point I returned home and was about to go take a bath when I took of my clothes a black cobra came off from my waist and slithered down my leg and went its way I wasn’t afraid I was mainly shocked that this snake was on me and didn’t attack neither did I even noticed it I watched it leaving, and was wondering if to reach out to it then I woke up

  • nisarg kamlesh sheth

    I had a dream of a bright yellow female snake with white dots…. surprisingly she was very friendly….she was rotating around me..curling herself around my leg… Used to respond to what I say to her…like a pet thing…

    But I was still afraid to command her…like she might bite back..

    Can you tell me what does this mean..? I am pretty scared

  • Ma. Magdalena R. Francisco

    I’m bitten of a gray snake in my right hand then the old woman tried to heal my wound and it was successfully done, then my husband give her a money worth of 1,000 pesos? what the interpretation of this thanks a lot

  • justa girl

    in my dream there was banging on the back door .. a white and black snake like creature came through it. it had a flat tail. i was not afraid.  then it transformed and grew 2 legs just below its head and started climbing the stairs and pushed through the other door.now i am afraid of the creature that is half snake .. It chased me on foot through my house .. i climbed on the back of the chair while calling my ex for help screaming its going to get me. He said he would come and then my friend text to see if i was ok.. i hadn’t called him. I woke up

  • Bettina

    I dreamt of a snake coming down from the ceiling of kitchen. He ate a wild bore an alligator and other animals under kiychen sink. He was caught by someone working for me

  • Amna Kokab

    Last night I dreamt that four golden colours snakes are leaving ( going outside of ) my house,making their way under the beds ( beds are also four ), passing ( crawling ) each snake under each of four beds.

  • Anju

    I dreamt that i was touching the feet of my Spiritual Guru. As i touched his knees, two snakes came out of his knees and started crawling up my arms. I was not afraid, just mesmerised seeing them. They crawled up my aqrms, with my arms still touching his knees. The snakes came in front of my face and spread their hood. They both touched my forehead as if kissing my forehead lovingly. what would be the meaning of this?

  • Andrew H.

    Let me just begin by saying this is the most Vivid and realistic dream that I have EVER HAD in my entire life. I literally just woke up from, all I can call it is a nightmare. We (my daughter and I), were crossing a relatively small swamp on the side of a house. We made it across initially with no problem at all and were in search of something… When I determined that we were not going to find whatever it was we were looking for I told her we should head back. She started ahead of me on some type of floating Rock and I noticed the body of a small snake on the Rock and I told her to jump off into the water. She did so and struggled to cross the bog getting completely covered in mud until she reached the other bank. The rock as she had been on in the process also had the snake that was aboard starting to follow her as she scrambled up the embankment. I shouted to her to climb! and move as fast as she could because I thought the snake was going to bite her. Then she started moving backwards down back towards the water and a MASSIVE Anaconda came out of nowhere bit her, and swallowed her whole. Right before I lept into the water a Wolf appeared and bit at the snake delaying it from slinking back into the swamp.I was absolutely terrified and lept into the water scrambling across, crying and screaming her name but all I could do was watch as the unbelievably large snake devoured her. Taking my small pocket knife which I always carry, I reached the serpent and killed it was surprising ease. I then started at the corner of its mouth and literally ripped the snake in half searching for my daughter. I must have gotten 7 ft in before I began to realize that she was gone and crumpled in despair and give up. But I realized that there was more of the snake hidden in a hole in the bank of the swap. Desperately, I pulled its now split carcass from the hole and found a large lump that had to be my daughter. I found the end of the large mass in the snake’s body and cut away its tail to find my daughter who was barely conscious but still alive! Crying,shaking, and covered in blood I pulled her from the snake’s body and we both made our way back up the bank and towards the doorstep of this completely out of place Suburban House.

    If there is anyone out there that can help me interpret this please, please, PLEASE reach out to me. I will be FOREVER in your debt……

    • Irida Kakeli

      As strange as it may sound i nearly had the same dream but the HUGE anaconda swallowed my brother and same as u I hit her with a knife but couldn’t do any damage, then it spoke and said ” I ll spit your brother but as you see I am very powerful”…. to sum it up and relate my dream to yours all I can say is that you guys might have a rough period but hold on and everything will be OK and you will be even more enlighted 🙂 thats what happend to me and my brother.

  • laura

    I dreamed that my daughter and her husband had a tray full of different colored snakes and they were all eating each other.  My husband also had lots of snake in our room on the dresser eating each other and he was lying in the bed without a shirt and other snakes were lying on his stomach just crawling on each other. My dreamed ended with me running out the room and my husband chasing me and threw a small, short dark brown snake on me and it hit up against my right side and I woke up.

  • MUJEEB ur Rehman

    March 7, 2018
    I was Dreaming Brown colour snake in my house …
    We were 4 members at home at night ..
    My father and me were using mobile phones and my two brothers were sleeping

    I saw snake moving underneath my bed I suddenly told my father …
    My father told me to kill snake alone ..
    I took a knife and harm that snake alone but I can’t kill him …
    Then snake was shouting on me where are you running and snake was chasing me …
    I make snake fool and jump into room where my elder brother were sleeping I make him awake and told him about that all …
    He said me that why father did not helped you to kill him ?
    Then my brother give me stick and he also took one ..
    Then were ready to kill snake …
    But I was afraiding about my younger brother because he his careless person and even snake could bite him …
    I was thinking how to save my family especially my younger brother suddenly I woke up

  • MUJEEB ur Rehman

    I was Dreaming Brown colour snake in my house …
    We were 4 members at home at night ..
    My father and me were using mobile phones and my two brothers were sleeping

    I saw snake moving underneath my bed I suddenly told my father …
    My father told me to kill snake alone ..
    I took a knife and harm that snake alone but I can’t kill him …
    Then snake was shouting on me where are you running and snake was chasing me …
    I make snake fool and jump into room where my elder brother were sleeping I make him awake and told him about that all …
    He said me that why father did not helped you to kill him ?
    Then my brother give me stick and he also took one ..
    Then were ready to kill snake …
    But I was afraiding about my younger brother because he his careless person and even snake could bite him …
    I was thinking how to save my family especially my younger brother suddenly I woke up

  • Shi

    I saw i was climbing a green hill and so many snakes were lying there. They were friendly & i started collecting them on a bucket. They were calm
    And acted like my pet.
    In some other dreams i talked to them often and they are good to me too. I feel a great attraction for snake.

  • Ella

    My dream was I had a black and yellow smallish medium, venomous snake as a pet and I was always quite wary and careful in handling it, to discover it was a very docile creature , who would curl up and sleep on my head and was quite affectionate

  • anu

    I have seen a green female snake injured…and it talked to me with wet eyes…..I felt really sad….at the same time fear…..

  • Amber Helmert

    Last night I had a dream that I cut a snakes head off slowly while he was attached to my boyfriends leg after biting him n wouldn’t let go then I woke up. Please help me decipher this dream.

  • Lee

    In my dream was me and my aunt. We had a fight last weekend over the phone. I said some hurtful truthful things to her. In the dream I saw her , and a black snake, and first I didnt see it , and then it appeared, it didnt look like an usual, cause tje body of the snake were too thin, as if it is starving or something, I dont know,it was too thin, with a big head, the head and body didnt correspond at all. At first I wasnt scared, but suddenly fear crept in, it looked at me, and just went away peacefully. It was a black snake.

  • Anjali peter

    I saw a golden snake with wide blue eyes half standing in mid of room and I was watching that snake behind the door, firstly I was mesmerized by it’s charm and suddenly I realised that it’s snake so I hide myself behind the door.

  • shupty

    I dreamt that a green baby snake suddenly bites my right leg under the water.I didn’t see it before bitting.so I just shocked. after bitting me it acts unusual (like ill) & drowned under the water. what does it means?plz help.

  • Marisa Miranda

    I dreamt my husband grabbed the snake and flushed inside the toliet. What does that mean?

  • Zintathu

    I dreamt of a brown and white snake coming out of water to attack me

  • Jynell Pettit

    I had a dream of 2 snakes that were friendly they were helping me by going thru the tall grass looking for deadly snakes so that i can cross a field after i crossed the field they came to me and i fed them green grapes and they were pleased and i felt safe with them i wish i understood the meaning of this dream i believe it is trying to tell me something

  • Lulibeth Torres

    Last night I had a dream of hundreds of snake hanging from the tree try to chase me and I was just standing there screaming my lungs out as my mother passed by laughing telling my boyfriend to bite me and as he do so the snake slowly moving back. Than I told my boyfriend to stop and as he was getting up the snake again slowly moving towards me but the second my boyfriend was on top of me go protect me the move back.
    Weird dream.

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