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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585 Responses to Snake Dream

  • Bad

    I dreamt of four snakes and one of them was red but they were moving around me. I was not scared though

  • Kinjal Goyal

    I am seeing dreams from few days that lots of snakes are winded on me and I am on stairs going somewhere and one by one I am dealing with them.There are lots of other snakes on grill and pathway I am lit bit afraid but I am crossing the area with 2 snakes on me..  One snake I throw on a man standing behind me and another is still on my head and neck but is not harming me.. I am comfortable and it is not harming me…A golden color snake… This is the whole feeling during the dream…

  • Amanda Rein

    I dreamt of a pet snake whom I was afraid to let slither on me but he/she was being very friendly. The snake was black and pink and only a foot long. I am actually very afraid of snakes in real life and do not like snake symbols as I feel they represent evil.. Lately, I have been seeing snakes every where it seems, wether its a tattoo or on a jacket. This dream has really given me a lot to think about since the vibe was so positive.

  • Catlyn

    I dreamed that i’m riding a bicycle and it’s raining that time, and after that i saw a snake which is avoiding me and the wheel of the bike passed in snake body.. and that snake went to a small hole in the ground.


    I have dreamed about these type of snake twice it was piosonous I can’t remember it cleaely but the last one shock me to my core these snakes blend in with their surroundings and where upright not on the ground.I live in the Bahamas we have snakes that glides on the ground but this one was slim and long long with thin sharp edge teeth it. I first spot it in the hallway of my home then it follow me in my bedroom it felt so real that I thought it was going to bite me I keep saying get get with my hands. It is very rare that I dream of my self and in my house at that.I am very afraid if snakes could go back to sleep that night

  • Johnpaul Ndiso

    Last night i dream’t of a snake that had entangled my right leg, and sought of bitten a potion of my trouser. I tried to pull it out by the tail but couldn’t dot it, because the more i tried, it wrapped up itself on my leg again. Then someone mentioned grasp the neck and squeeze it. I was a little bit hesitant at first but when i grasped the neck and squeezed it, the snake easily stop biting my trousers and i was freed. I have never felt so re-leaved then immediately woke up before my alarm sounded at 5am in the morning. I felt so courageous afterwards

    • Johnpaul Ndiso

      I have just remembered that the neck and head of the snake was bruised after the ordeal

  • Tammy Smith

    Me,my husband,youngest daughter,and all 4 of my young grandchildren were in a livingroom not mine in the floor. A horned snake moving so fast came from nowhere. We all panicked and tried to get the children. The snake bit my 3 yr old grandson on the finger my 2 year old grandson on the thigh my husband on the calf. He picked the granddaughter 5yr old up ran to a bedroom and was calm had the snake trapped in a window with only a curtain holding it there. I was panicking trying to tie off where kids got bit. He was very calm than I woke up.

  • Kyra

    Two snakes fighting in a bonfire until one wins.

  • Alice

    Well i just woke up and first i was in the woods at another house trying to kill a squirrel that was trying to attack me.then after i killed it with some keys i left the other house where a baby was selling not sure uf it was my baby or not.when i got back to the other house there was snakes all around the yard near the porch, i think my mom pushed them away to let me and the little boy in.i felt like she was my mother.but snakes were every where.i reminded her of the baby at the house to go get it before ut got too late.i couldn’t stay in dream because i was more afaird of being in it.so I’m up now

  • Franyela

    When I was Younger until about two years ago, I use To have a dream of me being in a swamp like area. I was Alone In a boat In the middle of the river and there was snakes everywhere. Hanging from trees, In the water and in the boat just slithering on and around me. I was Never harmed but they would slither all over my body and face. I’m talking snakes of all kinds and sizes. I would have this dream about two times a year from around the age 7 Years old to about 18 years old. Since then I’ve had two snake dreams featuring two different types of snakes. Last semester of the school year I had a dream of a Green snake
    Coming out of the kitchen area from where I was Ordering food. The snake came near me and started to slither but not harm. Last night I had a dream of a milk snake appearing at my job and then it crossed over to it being in my room and house. The green snake looked like a tree snake or the “flying snake”. I am Terrified of snakes but they’re interesting and I enjoy Looking and learning abour them on tv but In person I would pass out.

  • Juliet dollentas

    I had dream snake big brown crawl in the chair I stab it and snake stop moving then one family member cut the big head ..

  • Lou

    I dreamt that lots of dark colored snakes were chasing me. I was running away from them so that they wouldnt catch me. In the dream was also a man. Dark coloured. I was not caught by them..

  • Tonia

    I dreamed that there was a reddish/pinkish snake coming out my nose a relative pulled the snake out but it then wrapped around my leg. I woke up

  • Julz

    So I have this snake dream just this night. I was catching this “mythical” snake in a swamp and brought this snake barehandedly using my right hand to my mom. Later, this snake bit me and left 4 marks. I was feeling, sort of, childish, as if with joy, with a mix of curiosity and a little of worry. Later I was looking for snake and along the way, I met my supervisor who “seem” to be looking for this snake as well. She went underground while I went looking still for this snake on the ground. The snake, as I recall, has greenish skin and yellow belly. Its eyes are bubbly, kinda cute btw. The snake also have this unique features makong me question if it is a salamander pr a mini dragon but in that dream, I know it as a snake. This dream made me curious as I wake, hoping to interpret its meaning. What could it be?

  • Edelyn tiola

    I had a dream about snake , and i remeber insas on a house with a friend on that scene when i see a snake crawling on the floor and im so afraid , and my friend just get the snake and suddenly the snake was on my feet and i coudnt move . I dont know what to do and my mind think some strategy on how to escape or to avoid not to bi bitten by a snake . So suddenly i run from the side which has a pathway from another house and then i dont know it suddenly appear that i am in a grouo of people talking and then the snake appeared again crawling in the back my friend the one who pick it up on in the past scene .its like its looking in me always and im on fear when looking on it .

  • S

    Basically, it was about 3 or four snakes coiled up in the top left corner of a closet. The closet was not a closet that I actually own, or have ever had in my life.  The site of the snakes caused fear, anxiety and panic though they were not coming after me.  I ran out of the room toward the kitchen which I believe was my childhood kitchen and expressed to my sister that I was afraid of the snakes.  She did not appear afraid at all and actually kneeled down and scooped up a small turantula that was scurrying across the floor with what appeared to be only half a body.  She tossed the turantula in the trash and we went outside the my childhood home in the front yard and though I was still anxious and fearful those feelings began to subside then I woke up.

  • Margit

    In my todays dream I had someone to ask me to hold her whitish-yellowish snake in place, so she can chase and catch her puppy. I was scared of snake biting venom to my fingers, but the owner (stanger), told that it I hold the snake firmly and strongly from the head, to the dirt and grass ground, snake will not be able to bite me or the running puppy..I held snake s head firm and strong, but it was moving around strongly, and did bite my fingers lightly, small amont blood and small scars were appearing. Just bloody color on scar, no drops or any more blood. I was scared of venom, yelled at the snake s owner, that I can t hold the snake, it bitrs me and I will let it go…the owner said, that as long snake will not bite down fully,just small teeth wounds, I am ok, and snakes venom will not come out or harm me. She also warned me not to let go, otherwise snake will hurt a puppy..in that moment I woked up..
    What it all could possibly mean??

  • Pk

    Hi, I had a dream last week. I remember it waguely but I’ll share what I dreamt….”It was a house, perhaps my house. There was a snake big, FEROCIOUS and deadly who was on a mission to ‘kill’ everyone. The snake had blood splattered all over him. He wasn’t killing by a gentle bite, rather big ferocious blood-ey bites (almost how a wolf attacks). I stepped into the situation(house) later, by then it had already killed everyone. I have a faint memory of realising what is going on and then hiding and protecting myself. I hid in many spots but it would find a way through, it was ‘too smart’ and really on a mission to kill! Eventually I guess (at last) it finds me too. I wake up when it gets me”…..Iv tried to look up the meaning and interpretation but I never came across blood and such ferocious snake dream. Hope u can help me interpret. Thanks

    • KemieJ93

      You feel as tho you’re just waking back into reality but you’re awakened by the bite to a whole other consciousness the old way is dying off and you’re stepping into your power

  • Tracy

    I am facing a lotof difficulties at the moment,I’ve been dreaming about snakes twice in a row now…..what can that mean?

  • Dealante Moore

    I had a dream I was in this body of water and two yellow bellied water snakes were behind and in front of me and someone warned me about them so I avoided them like a normal human would then at some point I grabbed them and and made a bouquet of sort with them as I escaped the water

  • Ponni

    In my early morning dream, there were 3 of my friends and each one of us have a snake. We all had them in boxes. Other three took their snakes out of the box and it was all okay. When my box was take out, we saw a furious black snake. One of my friend tried to stop the hissing snake by holding strong in hand. The moment the snake turned towards it started chasing me. Apparently all these takes place at my home, I was running between different rooms in the house. I went on to run towards our farming field; that’s when I didn’t see the chasing snake and I woke up.
    I could recollect that we’ve kept the snakes in boxes for some reason but don’t remember why. I’m typing this comment as soon as I wake up by the dream. Can you help me interpret my dream?

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