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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668 Responses to Snake Dream

  • Shilpi

    I dreamt that I was in a room with a black coloured snake and somehow I peeled off he skin of the snake and then it was all yellow and got shorter in length but know it had wings and was chasing me.It tried biting me once but I held it’s tooth and pulled out my hand and ran to the other room where my mother was sitting on sofa and there was a white and pink calm snake sitting on top of sofa.I showed it to hee and ahe held it and threw it on the floor and it went below a furniture and sat there like a pet.

    What could all this mean?Please help with the interpretation?.

  • Lisa

    Couple of days back I had a dream that a white snake was coming out of a friends house to me and I was trying to feed milk in a bottle to it. The snake had irregular thickness top was very thin and it thickened down.

    Any help?

  • Deb Willis

    I have a recurring dream of a giant multi-colored snake that’s under my house. In past dreams the snake has gotten into my house & doesn’t know that I’ve seen it as it slithers against walls, in the closets & goes in & out of piping. When I realize how it’s gotten in, I wait until I see it go back out that hole & I plug the hole (which makes it angry). Last night the snake had found a way to break through the hole & was back in the house. I’ve had recurring dreams of snakes as a child as well but they were multiple, small snakes. This one is beyond huge. They are all terrifying to me. What does this mean?

    • Deb Willis

      I also never see the snakes head

  • Jane

    In a hiking trail, my dad suggested me to cross through an ankle-deep floody trail. “It’s okay if your shoes are wet” But instead, I saw a slightly downhill dry side path and walked through it.
    Then to go back up to the default trail, took some rocky steps up and a thick tree was obstructing my way. I held one of the branches and my right foot steadily on a rock. Then on my left leg, I felt something soft gliding on my skin, surely it didn’t feel like a tree branch at all.
    Spotted something red – a snake. Slowly gliding, hugging around the tree. I was in so much fear that it was going to attack me since I accidentally touched it with my leg. Still hanging on with my other arm (idk how why I had to be in such a difficult climb and balance lol) my Mom came by to help me with my climb with a stick on her hand reaching out to me. As the snake was going to strike my mom, she resisted it with the stick against the cobra’s head. Yeah, only noticed it’s a freaking cobra.
    Then I woke up. The red Cobra didn’t attack me.

    Now I’m left with so many questions in my head – If I took my dad’s advice I wouldn’t be meeting the cobra and putting mom in danger.

  • Alex

    I had a dream that a large snake or serpent drug me off of my bed and set me on the floor. I was in my room as I remember it which made the experience very real. The snake was coiled then at the base of my bed. I looked over at the snake from the floor and thought to myself that I’d better just finish my sleep on the floor where it left me because thats where the snake wants me. I was not afraid the snake and fell back asleep on the floor. I later woke up on my bed to my alarm .

  • KD

    First I saw a known person, then a charmer with his two pet snakes in my dream. He brought one of the snakes out of his bag and gave it to me, and I handled it very carefully pressing its mouth, so that it will not be able to bite me. Then he gave me the another one and I again handled it in the same manner, carefully. Then I woke up.

  • Shauna

    In my dream I found my daughter being in eaten by a lg snake in a bathtub !!!
    I ripped it’s mouth open and pulled her out and she was alive but not the same, almost handicapped it seemed, I tried to get her to talk to me, she wouldn’t!!!…. and finally I tickled her foot and she giggled a little !!!
    I instantly woke up sick to my stomach and went to check on her, tickled her leg until she moved, sooooo relieved she did!!!!😍….Then I tried to go back to sleep…. that was the hardest thing ever to do!!!
    Finally I did!!! Ugh can’t stop thinking about it!!!

  • Anonymous

    I dreamt of a lot of snakes downstairs and I can’t go down because I’m afraid of them.. Then I asked a man that I forgot who he was, I asked him if he could take them away.. Then he cut its heads.. But unfortunately they’re growing their heads back.. Then I woke up from that dream.. Can you explain the meaning of this for this is really bothering me.. Thanks in advance..

    • Aditya

      As far as my little knowledge suggests here in this matter is firstly maybe u r facing some dread challenges in your life which u aren’t able to accomplish and secondly people around you are not to competent to overcome this deal as stated above fear with snakes interprets challenges in which we aren’t paying attention or coming back of emotions which were unsorted by us in the past.

  • Urwashi Chawla

    In my dream there were around 10 snakes out of which 6 were serpents and 1 was black cobra and 3 were normal green water snakes.. They entered into my house and were following and chasing my family members. Then we called sapera and all snakes went into his basket except the one which was trying to get into my clothes.. then the sapera hold him n took him out.. now want to about the indication of my dream…

  • Pratik

    I saw a black and white color snake which was following me. I tried to run away. It started coming towards me. But after that it went it another direction. Same night my Mom saw a big black snake near my head on the bed where I was sleeping. After that it went and my mom started checking me if I am alive or dead. What does it mean? Same night me and Mom had snake in our dream.

  • Jay jay

    in my dream, i saw three snakes. one has swallowed something and was lying down quietly at a place that looks like a gutter and the other which is yellow and black, looks like it want to attack the other person i was with. the third snake was lying beside the first one. in that same dream, i saw myself changing into newly sewn clothes. in the course of changing was where i saw the snakes

  • Ann Kirkpatrick

    There was a shiny greenish and purplish snake that bit a young girl. I tried to pry the snake from the girl but the snake had already killed the young girl.Then another little girl walked up to the snake and the very same thing happened again. I remember feeling like I was the one responsible for the death of the children, however, I realized that I did all that I could do to save their lives.

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