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

  • Snake

    I was wading in a river, about waist-deep. A small snake (about 1ft long) is moving on the surface of the water right in front of me.  I am afraid.  I think of going around but instead I grab it and throw it out of my way, but get bit in on my hand in he process.  I can see the two puncture marks on the back of my hand between my thumb and index finger, and am afraid that I could die from venom.  I continue moving, checking the wound but there is no swelling etc… and I start to feel unafraid.  Later I come across two much larger snakes (about 6+ ft long).  I decide to leave them alone.  They begin to fight each other.

    • Snake

      If anyone has any insight as to this dream meaning, please share

  • Maria

    I dreamt of a large dark snake. I watched as he swallowed a man alive. I was horrified at the thought of that man dying slowly and painfully. I just kept focusing on what the man was feeling.

  • priyanshi

    I usually had nightmaresome about snakes from childhood. Snakes used to bite me or chase me in the dreams. But from last few days I am dreaming like I don’t afraid of snakes that much. For example, in my last to last dream I was saving a snake, I was afraid of it but still wanted to save it because I has a feeling like this snake trust me and I can’t break the trust. And after that the snake round himself on my left hand and it had a cute smiling face of a baby but other part was still rounded on my hand. And in last dream a snake coming to me and I was little scared of it but I throw him away.
    In my real life I have a fobia of snakes.
    Please help I am so confused.

  • ArCel

    Almost all of my dreams has always been in our old house (Old house was demolished and we moved from other place 8 years ago). Last night I dream again about our old house with snake this time. It’s like my father informed us that there’s a big hole under our house and maybe there’s a snake living in there. We all trying to look at it. Suddenly I saw a black snake crawling around our living room. I informed my mother that I saw a black long snake crawling but its not that big. And then I went outside the house and I saw like the path/track of snake on the ground so I followed it. Then I realized its the same snake living under our house. In my dreams I’m trying to conclude that its not a big snake living in there but only a small long black snake. What could this mean?

  • Mbr

    My husband and me are driving a bike on the way full of snacks they are moving away by listening bike sound and clearing the way.. I said my husband move slow and give time to pass even they are moving very fast. Next time same way traveled through bus this time big snacks besides of road.  they are drinking water and one snake dancing and some are seeing.. Iam seeing all those snakes.. What my dream interpretation

  • sidiki mariam

    i dreamt my late dad gave me two snakes as a gift and that they will help me in what ever i needed in life but i was so scared to accept them.i also dreamt previously that they were two big snakes,one at my dads house and another at his work place.

  • Christine

    I dream of 3huge snake color green in my dream my boyfriend bought it and put it in 3 seperate aquarium. And they are looks like standing moving there body but I think as they move they can escape that’s why it makes me scared that they can escape.He said that he really love the snake I said that I cannot leave in his house if there’s a snake but he replied that he really love the snake so I decided to goo to leave him alone. I said to him that I am OK now I want to go and I can manage my self and he just replied me with a smile. So my whole family help me to unpack my things. What does it mean?

  • Praveen

    I saw a snake bitten me and I went up in the air and when it left me I killed it by repeatedly beating it on the rock.

  • Unknown

    I saw many snakes in my dream. As I am going on my way can see different color snakes I am following. It was not scary but kind of weird to see that. What does it mean?

  • Tina coursey

    My snake dream is very fogy but i Remember i was on a bed i was on my knee’s looking across the Room and the room appeared. To be longer then a normal room and there was 2/3 dark and shiny colored snakes stretched. Completely out ciming tards the bed i was on i”m thinking more were appearing not sure but thats my dream…creepy as all get out to me…

  • Priyam Maan

    I my Dream I see 2 Big Snakes Fighting with each other last night

  • Keshia

    I dreamt that I had two pet snakes in a glass aquarium one snake was black and brown with spots and look like it had just eaten because it was huge, the other snake was lime green and skinny.  The green snake was trying to eat the brown snake and I took him out of the cage to stop him from eating the other snake.  He got away from me and got loose in the house somewhere oddly enough we were at my mother’s house who lives in Delaware but I live in North Carolina.  Well I found the snake it was in my mother’s room on her bed trying to chase my baby. I jumped on the bed and tried to grab the steak by the back of the head but it bit me first before I could get a hold of it. I was able to grab the snake to secure about the back of the head and as I went to go carry it back to the aquarium early enough it begins to shake and the head popped off. So much has taken place within this dream I have a hard time placing it.  Well I have researched so far as of the meaning, it is definitely on point for what I am going through in my current life at the moment but considering the different aspects of the dream I don’t know what the total meaning of everything is.  I could definitely use some insight.

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