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

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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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4041 Responses to Snake Dream

  • Morgan

    I had a dream last night.
    I was in the front yard and over by a old hotel, right next to my house, on a cinder block, was a rattlesnake. The grass was really tall and my sister came out and I told her not to come over there, but she did anyways and almost got bit. I slowly walked back inside to my mom’s room and on her bed, next to her pillows, was a very weird, black and yellow snake. It had a extremely long face and black, human-like eyes. It sorta smiled at me, very creepily. I went to the back and got a garden hoe. I was going to kill them both, but I was woke up before I was able to. I’m actually very glad, because I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be able to kill them. A lot of fear.

  • Anonymous

    I dreamed a BLACK BIG HEADED SNAKE WITH RED EYES TRIED TO BITE ME. I saw the snake and was throwing rocks at it for it to go away.But instead it hid and tried to bite me.

  • Thabang

    I had a dream and in my dream i was sleeping, as i was sleeping i felt the presence of a snake and when i opened my eyes a red,black and white branded Califonia snake was charging towards me and then it noticed that i was aware of it and then it when into my blankets. before it could do anything to me i woke up from that dream, the weirdest part is that i did not feel like i was inside my own body, even thou I could hear my wife asking if i am okay, i still could not see her, and i fell into deep sleep again.

  • Rabya

    I had a dream that maybe we were in a plane and there was this young lady wearing a light blue cotton shirt. She had light brown hair and seemed busy. All of a sudden, a yellow and snake appears and is moving on her head. Then it starts to slowly wrap around her neck and she doesn’t do anything about it, she was still busy in reading a book maybe. Then she gets suffocated and two women behind me are scared and sad, I being sensitive, I begin crying out of fear and sympathy as she chokes but still won’t cry for help, she is silent. I’m terrified all through the dream

  • Tshering youden

    I dreamt of one black snake with red eyes trapped in my home …This snake was like furious and somewhat like about to attack if he got out..
    Then there was another grey snake with white eyes who was free and seemed friendly..I was touching him sitting on my sofa ..and I can still remember black ones look at me ..
    I don’t understand the meaning of it??

  • Veronica

    I dreamt by brother came in my bedroom while I was sleeping and through a black shinny snake on my grandson in the top bunk bed I was sleeping at the bottom my grandson was screaming and was trying to get the snake off him the snake started crawling down toward me in my bottom bunk I saw something dripping from it’s mouth I started screaming and I tried to get out the bed but I couldn’t move fast enough my brother then came running back in the bedroom and grab the black snake I then woke up.

  • Kareena

    Today, I saw a dream of two boys who were trying to catch a ball. They were running and chasing a ball and from nowere there came a snake. When I saw snake they were in a house. At first the boys look like unfriendly or angry to eachother but when snake started to chase they were running and helping eachother. Moreover, when they were running away from snake they found their way to escape. The mysterious thing is that when they were escaping in every difficulties situations they found some help or solution to run away like I feel that God is helping them.

  • Michelle

    What is that mean that I dream a snake round in my hips then every place that I pass because in my dream that I am in travelling so every places I pass the snake tight in my hips then I feel painful that’s why I go till my father then my father take a snake in my hips and traw in the grass

  • Ultreya

    I had a very vivid snake dream last night. There was a strong large snake with gleaming skin inside a clear plastic box in my clothes cupboard. It definitely wanted to come out. I tried putting a 2-kg dumbell on top of the cover to keep it in, but I knew it was not going to keep it in for long, because the snake looked very healthy and strong. In my dream, I knew in the past that I had dealt with snakes like this before, though I did not know if it was the same snake, and when it came out, I sliced it into 5 pieces with a thin blade, like a paper cutter. However, this time, it looked larger and more vigorous than it did in the past, and I had a feeling I would not be able to cut it up this time. I thought about going to find my gardening boots, so that it could not bite my ankles when it got out of the box.

  • Manisha

    I saw so many cobra snakes in my dream.one of them was much bigger than others and was standing in front of me like he was preparing to attack me and suddenly I saw him fighting with a cat under my bed.i dont know if cat kills it or not.
    Then another snake was killed by my brother when I order him to kill it.I woke up and went back to sleep.Again I had a dream of snake in a field of grass.please tell me the meaning of this.

  • Katie

    I have a dream that I’m at the beach and digging into rocks and then a small snake came out so I run to get help to kill it but when I came back a black cobra got it and ate it then the snake run a away so I’m still feel scared about and went to my cabin. So I fell asleep sleep on a chair then when I woke up I saw 3 yellow big snake in my bed sleeping so I got up and called my uncle to get it out and he said hes busy then when I look again they were 4 now and moving and one under the he blanket. I feel so scared so I went to see my friends and told them about the snake and they just ask how they look like then I woke up.

  • Marc

    I caught a snake and it bite me, as I wanted and knew it was not poisoned. But I have a sword to chop of it’s head. The whole point was to make sashimi and deep fried. Totally weird dream..

  • Shane

    I had a dream me and my dog were in the park and then we saw a bunch of snake. So what I did is to pick up my dog and tried to avoid the bunch of snake. When we went home we tried to fixed the gate so that the snakes would not follow. Then the snakes are inside our house I told it to my Tito,he grab a knife to kill the two snake. The other snake went to our room I killed it in half because it tries to bit me, after I sliced it in half the snake become Gecko like wtf! It began to jump to the roof and gone.

  • Anna Barajas

    I had a dream that me and my girlfriend where in my room and a snake appeared in my window and somehow in my dream it was my room & her room put together. Eventually my girlfriend ended up closing the window and the snake died? What does that mean?

  • Ferdz parcon

    I dreamed as I step down on the longged leaffy vegetables there is a snake under these vegetable and I began to kick and kick those leaves and the snake leaves and I woke up.

  • Daw Evans

    I dreamt last night that i was staying at a friends house and i was in the shed and there was snakes everywhere all sizes and colours but one in articular was short and fat and had big yellow and brown squares all over it. I took off and ran out of my shoes and when i tried to find them i couldn’t. The snakes didn’t attack me or anything I was just scared of them. What does this mean please?

  • Doreen Irish

    A black snake crawled up my pant leg and wrapperd around my leg

  • moochie

    i had a dream last night that I was laying in bed with a lot of snakes of different colors. I picked one up and it tried to attack me but I dropped it before it did and ran from it. Then I woke up

  • Anu

    I don’t remember how they entered but lots of snakes were there on the floor in the house. I my mom and friend were there. Snakes started dying and i think my friend was killing them. But one snake was long and it was hiding and when I stepped down from the bed it was chasing. We were throwing things down and it was swallowing them. Atlast i saw that this snake vomited another snake.

  • SMD

    I dreamt of myself doing some research of some sorts with animals. At one point I see myself pulling out a thick object from my panties and I thought it was a thick string but turns out to be a dead whitish-yellowish coloured snake! The snake was dead with its mouth wide open. The snake is of moderate length. I see myself feeling shocked to see this snake coming from where it came from.  I cant recall what was the other animal there in the cage next to me. I quickly put the dead snake in a box and seal it shut. When my friends ask me about it, I say its something else. Looks like I want to hide my discovery.

  • Butch Garcia

    I dreamed about I am killing two snakes. But they eacaped. The one is cut into two and then swampt into the river.the other one have bruised only in the skin, but he’s trying to attack me but I run fast. What does that mean?

  • Victor E

    I had a dream that a spiritualist called me and then put a stick to my head. I knelt down and then suddenly I fell down flat. next thing he uses the stick and places it on my head saying I cast out what’s it you. the suddenly I heard people screaming its a snake, I didn’t see it because I was too scared to look or even open my eyes. Although I could feel a limy and cold sensation of which replicates a snake leaving my neck. this is so weird but I can remember this dream like it’s just happened a minute ago. I had this dream on 04.09.2017 @ 4:00am….
    I need a resolution, guidance or an answer to what this means

  • Prabha123

    I had dreamed like I am killing 2 snakes

  • Mercy

    I had a dream last night that my husband has 3 big snakes inside a cage in our house.

  • Sara

    I am frequently dreaming of snakes in water . It’s not one or two, but multiple snakes from small to 1 meter length. Some are calm while the others are coming on me. And sometimes I am unable to run even though I want to. What could water snakes means in my dreams??

  • Louise

    I had a dream of a brownish snake with a big head chasing me. I called my ex husband to kill it but my husbands daughter aged 15 came into the room, take the snake by the tail and head and without biting her she laughed at me because i was so scared and left with the snake.

  • Arti Rawal

    I saw a white or maybe it was silver in colour… He was moving from one direction to another direction… Pls tell what is the reason..

  • Chris

    I didn’t dream of an image of a snake, I dreamt that I was a snake or I was moving like a snake. I was moving low to the ground using my arms to move, with torso and legs out of the ground. I remember saying to myself, l feel like a snake, and suddenly I felt I could move more quickly and freely. I moved gracefully across the ground, in out of bushes.

    • Madhusudan

      I have also seen the same thing.
      But does it actually means?

  • Melissa

    I was in an abandoned house and it fell out of the wall with a right red head. I dreamed that it bite and killed 2 or 3 puppies. I left with a friend in pinto and it was close on each side some railings so I had to be careful not to wreck

  • Erika

    I had a dream about a giant snake that was wounded or ill in some way and i just layed it in my shoulders while trying to heal it. It was so big i could wrap both arms around it to pet it in consolation.

  • DJ

    I dreamed about a snake that never attacked but came in and out my living room couch but it never left the couch

  • Jenn

    I dreamt that I had a pet articulated python. In my dream it keeps getting longer and longer, but I didn’t notice this. I also had my daughter who is 2 in the dream and my mother. The snake escaped me and I was looking through people’s lawns and side gates where I finally found it hiding in a large box, but U was a little intimidated by the size of it. It was coiled up and his face was by it’s tail. I felt if I grabbed the tail it might bite me. I also jumped out of a moving vehicle that was being driven by my mother, because I didn’t want to leave my daughter behind.

  • Jodi

    I had a dream about a bright green snake, very aggressive trying to attack my mum, we caught it, let it go, then the same snake bit my niece, two people I care for a lot, any thoughts on the meaning for my dream?

  • Kriti

    I dreamt that the I had put out some adhesive on the bathroom wall at 4-5 different places and tnd the tails of 4-5 snakes were sticking to that.the body of snake apart from the tail was free and all those snakes were vigorously moving around in the bathroom with their front body and I was fearlessly showing this to someone stating I have tried them

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    • Skybee89

      I dreamed that a child was struggling like he wants to vomit then suddenly I check on him and a brown snake is trying to come out through his mouth and i get frightened and run away, meanwhile someone pulls the snake out since it’s already half way and trying to come out but it’s chaos because everyone is running around trying to avoid snakes from entering them. Iam so afraid don’t understand the dream

  • shella

    i dreamt that i the small snake, many small snake crawl in my legs. and one of the snake bites me in my egs.what does it mean?

  • Anita Leopaldi

    I had last night a dream of a silver huge snake head,it was just there first then I saw it licking a dachshund,next I was somwhere else and I lifted up a cover,there was a very big body never saw a big body of a Payton nice colors black and yellow but the head was cut off,Iam actually afraid to go to sleep tonight and I can’t figure out what that ment

  • P

    Third dream in which a snake is biting me in my left arm, in this most recent one it is wrapped and biting me and just there the whole dream on my arm, I was thinking in the dream “why don’t we just cut below it’s head would it stay in my arm? Etc

    • Lucille Mercado

      i dream that i found several colored big snakes inside our house and i called my dad and he killed all of them and split them into two without any fear. after he killed one, i found another one again and again. and i was so afraid on my dream. how does this means?

  • Shar

    I just woke up from a dream in which a long slender black snake Escaped my capture from holding it between 2 pegs of a stick.  I captured after It scared some children who were playing in the yard during its frantic attempts to get a half boiled egg or a peacock’s feather eye that was high up in a tree. I had it walking around with me all day on the stick all day until i went home for the day.It bit into the couch and used that to wiggle out of my stick and disappeared underneath the plush cushions.

  • Tony

    I dreamed i was walking on a road and out of nowhere i see beside the road two snakes fighting and then i try to run then i see two more snakes fight ahead of me then i try to kill both snakes with a rock but when i picked up the stone there where little snakes under the rock fighting…then i woke up.

  • Cris sirc

    I dream im in the van with some people driving along the way and i am with also the father if son but after i go down to the car to buy something i saw dome people getting the big snake huge size its on the brown wet mud when i saw the snake i run to the nearest house bmto tell to people but they dont believe saddenly the snake role on my feet up to my body but i catch his leg and i say why me i did not harm you..i throw him away i run as i could but and i go inside some on the houses nearby but the snake dig underground so he could enter the house but i fast lock the gate and i run but the person in my dream i saw her she eaten by the snake. But me i scape.the snake talk that he will revange but the people cath him snd tight his mouth.after that i wake up..
    Could you tell me what this mean

  • johnny

    i dream a snake in the water and his front of me he bite me on my feet but i smashed his head and killed it.

  • jane

    i wake up this morning and there was my friend who had pass away 10 years ago leading my other friend away .as i just dreamt of snakes wiggling around me.

  • Kumar Rishav

    I had a dream in which I saw i was raining heavily and a snake entering my house. I went to search the snake in my house and finally found in the kitchen. Then I got up from my dream. Can you please interpret this dream.

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    • Reena Singh

      I be had dream of a snake bitting at my neck and when I try to push it away it is digging it’s fangs deeper into my neck

  • Jaye

    Police officers had all cars stopped searching for anything illegal. While standing outside the vehicle amongst the large crowd I saw 3 giantic, snakes moving across the field away from me, then I saw “normal sized” ones on top of the car roofs and my mom was amongst the crowd unaware of this. I was trying to get her attention and warn her, the police were holding me down to the ground protecting me from the giant snakes that were now changing direction and heading back towards us or at least I thought they were bc I couldn’t tell while being restrained and held to the ground facing the other way. I felt safe yet I was so scared and wanted to run away even though I knew the officers could shoot the snakes if they got close enough. I was helpless and had to hope for the best. Then I woke up.

  • Judy

    I dreamed of large snakes all around me the weird thing was I was walking in the fields and didn’t really notice them right away I also remember them just being very still no movement at all anyway it was freaky I hope I don’t dream about snakes anymore I read what it moight symbolize and I think it’s pretty accurate as to what is happening in my walking life at this time.

    • Uditha

      Hey, I had the same dream of snakes all around me, while I was stepping in a field. They’re are not visible and moving until you get closer. Where ever you turn. There’re snakes all over starts to crawl.

  • Aaliyah N.

    I’ve had a dream about being chased by snakes for 2 nights in a row. One Dream I was at my mother’s house but
    There were a few snacks of different sizes the one that chased me was yellow and green. He might before I don’t remember where I was but I was getting chased by s Snake but the chase was repeated. 3 times the same way. I fear snakes in real life.

  • Shaina

    A snake was on my path in front of me, it didnt see me and striked upwards to eat something. I saw it and changed my path

  • Luna

    I dreamt of a friend who saw a snake sneaking out of the window and another snake from the outside attack the previous snake. So it was like two snakes are fighting each other.

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