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

  • Grace

    I had a dream last night. I saw a snake on the back of my daughter, i got scared and asked her nanny to remove it, she took the baby and shook her and the snake fell. In the dream i later saw a man whom i had a crush on when i was a little girl, actually in elementary school(primary), with the guy we skyped each other in the dream but never spoke, we just looked at each other and i noticed that both of us had homes, each their own. Please help iinterpret this.

  • Kat.cope@gmail.com

    I dreamt that I saw a rattle snake in my houses entry way. It was my childhood home, my fAmily no longer lives there. My aunt who never lived there must have been visiting and I wanted to warn her so I wrote a note not to use that door. I woke my mom and told her not to go in there, and was calling to tell my aunt. My phone battery was low. I went to post the note and discovered my mom went out there and was bitten by the snake. I was sucking the poison out. I tried to have her dial 911 but she dialed 811. I then tried to call myself but woke up.

  • Loomi

    I had a dream that I had been tying this thin, long,non-poisonous yellow snake as a headband around my hair for a while and then one day, it bit my cheek. I didn’t even know it but my cheek because it wasn’t even painful or toxic at all, I just had the fang mark to show for it and then it slithered away, but then I called my cousin, who then killed it.

    • Ahmad

      I saw two snakes in my dream one is Blak and white and the other one is yellow,the blak one was doing its thing but the yellow snake attaked me and I was very fearful I woke up from the dream and I didn’t want to go back to sleep until I felt better,it felt I kinda know I was sleep and I used it to scape from the snake,like I felt I knew I was dreaming after I felt very scary and there was no way to go but to wake up.

  • Ananya Sen

    I dreamt that I was standing under some divine waterfall and suddenly my hair changes in blue green and red snakes. I was talking to someone whom I can’t remember who it was. After that I started killing those snakes. After killing them all I woke up.

  • Claudia Medrano

    I had a dream of a snake was my pet and he would not bite me at all even if he was hungry then all the sudden he disappeared. But he was ver close to me ehh I just thought it was a weird dream because I’m not into snakes.

  • Cynthia Lopez

    I have a dream about snakes on me in my kids there creepy up on us very slowly like they like being on us like I will get them off me there will stil come back to us bigs ones in little ones why? They scene not mean

  • Amber

    I was inside the house with a sister or friend and noticed the garage door was open as we stood in the kitchen by the window. Suddenly a giant snake with its head as big as the window slithered toward the house and I thought it would hit but it turned upward as if to see in the window and go on the roof. We ran, she hid in a closet and I told my brother, he was in his room and didn’t know. I heard it on the roof moving around saying don’t go outside and don’t open our attic doors. We needed to take cover and this huge monster our snake was so powerful it could’ve killed us if it got to us.

    • Sam

      I had a smiller dream too

  • David

    Can anyone help me with this? I had a dream that I had a small white snake as a pet but i didn’t really know how to take care of it and I didn’t really wanted it. I put some sand on my bed(idk why) and then I took it out of this box so I could feed her, I first tried giving her oranges then eggs but it just wasn’t working. Then I was kinda irritated bc it was becoming a problem.
    I thought about giving it away bc I didn’t wanna have it loose inside my house, which was a condition that I assigned myself, I didn’t want to keep it trapped in the box.
    Then I remember cleaning up her bones bc she had apparently died? But my parents wanted me to keep it to use her skin. I think at the end of the dream it was still alive.
    The dream wasn’t terrifying but it wasn’t pleasant at all.

  • Jk

    I had a dream last night that my mum and I were being chased by black snakes. We ended up in a shack or hut of some sort and it gripped her leg and bit her. Then the scene cut to me inside another hut looking through a broken window at a huge white snake outside in the bush that was watching me and ready to attack me. I turn around and my mum is behind me holding a black snake in her hands and smiling. Can anyone explain this to me? I can’t find any reference of others being in your snake dreams.

    • Popo

      It means you’re a crazy motherfucker!

  • Natasha

    I dreamt last night that I was at home alone with my mother. All of a sudden they were two snakes crawling around the house. One was silver and the other was gold which at times made them very hard to see. They weren’t very big. About 3 feet long and very fast. I was more alarmed than my mother who didn’t seem that bothered about whether or not they bit her. But to me I needed to kill them. I told her if I didn’t kill them I couldn’t get any sleep. I got a can of insecticide and sprayed almost the whole can around the house. Soon I fould the silver snake dead but not the gold one.

    • Roberta

      When I was four I had dream that snke was under my bed. When I woke up, I told my mom, but she didn’t see point of my dream. I was afraid to step on the floor, so my mother carried me. We went outside, and as we had stairs to get outside, on the last step, green snake jumped in front of us. From that moment, we both realized my dreams can sometimes predict the future.

    • Claire

      I dreamt about a short fat snake I tough was dead in a doorway. I went to pick it up to discard it but thought better of it and went to get a big knife in case it was still slive. It was alive and only pretending to be askeep.
      When I returned, thexs n.v ake had moved to the other side of the door and the door was now closed.
      I was protecting my mother while my brother was oblivious and doing dishes and not helping.

  • Dareen

    I had a dream where I was in my bedroom and a greenish blackish snake wraps around my leg without me noticing and I pull my pants up and I see it and start screaming and I try to Take it off me but I can’t and then I tried again and I took it off and then I see a woman talking to a group of people and I see a red and black snake wrapping around her arm without her noticing and I point out the arm and she looks at it and takes it off easily and then a yellow snake wraps around my leg and bites me and I wake up I don’t understand my dream the only clue that I have is when I got lost yesterday and found my mom I still don’t get the dream

  • Tammy

    My dream was of a very large multi color yellow and black ( mostly med yellow) snake with no famgs. He had a very large head. He showed up in a house, not my house, I tried to catch it to put it outside but he kept getting away. I chased it out to the pool area where it jumped way over my head, and the whole length of the pool to escape. I’m not sure if it was still in the pool screened in area or it had escaped outside when the dream ended. I wasn’t afraid of the snake, I was just worried it would scare the other people and the children there.

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