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

  • Diane E

    I dreamed there were many snake heads in my living room on the rug in different places.  They had no bodies, just heads, but they were living. I wasn’t afraid because they had no bodies but then I remembered it was the HEADS that bite and give their venom so I was worried about my cats mostly.

    I’m about to retire in several months and saw a home I might like in another state and was excited but very trepidacious about what the neighbors would be like in that remote area.  So maybe this dream was tied to all that.  I also am making another serious effort to get my meditations going deep again — maybe that was in there,too ?

  • Heather

    I dreamed that I was between flowers beds and I heard a rattler at the right side end. I couldn’t see that snakes head at that point, but I knew it was a rattlesnake. I turned towards my left to escape that way, but there was another rattlesnake in my path. I start to panic and now I can see the snake to the rights head. I jump up on the flower bed to get a better view and look behind me to see there is none in the next row. I jump and then look again. In the field that’s between me and my freedom I see a ton more rattle snakes in my way. In a weird panic I leap into the field anyways with the hope that I just won’t land on one and start sprinting. While running I had a foots eyes view of the ground almost like I was a snake. Miraculously I don’t step on one and make it back to warn everyone about the snakes. (I was a teacher in this dream and the kids were about to go play). The whole dream I felt afraid and panicked until I was free of the snake then I felt major relief.

  • Rugia

    I dreamt there was several snakes in my house a lot of small ones and some big ones I tried to get rid of them but they keep comming back,Idid not seem afraid only annoyed.

  • Aastha

    I dreamt of cleaning a pipe but a red and yellow put viper poking it’s head out and staring right into my eyes.

    I was screaming and terrified but the other two people in the dream;a man and a woman take no notice.
    The viper then slithered to the woman’s head from the ground to her back to the head and took a flight and soared away into the forest.

    I have no clue what this means. Please help.

  • Nancy

    I opened the back door of my house and seen small dirt hills with holes and was able to see a black snake peeking its head out. I quickly shout the door but the door had a huge gap where the snake could come in through. So I started putting bath towels to cover but didn’t seem to work. I opened the door to better fix the opening when the black snake stricken me on my hand. I grabbed the snake bu the throat and went to get help as I carried the snake. A family member told be to throw it far and when I did it didn’t get far at all and it bit me again in the leg this time. After I’m dreaming of going to the hospital in a boat and when I finally arrive waiting for a long time in the waiting room. I saw my hands swollen dripping pus. I got up from the waiting room feeling frustrated and asked for help when I clasped on the hospital floor but I didn’t die.

  • Anthony Cross

    I dreamt that my friend was holding a bright green pit viper. My back was to him. The snake was flickering his tongue over my head. I, not paying attention, was batting at it like a fly buzzing around my head. After a few times I turned around and was immediately terrified. I started grabbing at the snake screaming “get it away from me, what are you doing man?!” My friend said “You need to get over your fear man, right now!” As I continued to push and grab at the snake it bit me on the left hand and injected me with it’s venom. After that I rushed to the hospital and told them exactly what anti-venom to give me. Things proceeded until in the dream I finally stopped and said to the nurse “Hey are you ever going to inject me with the anti-venom?” He immediately took a syringe out of his pocket and violently stabbed me in the arm with the needle and said “There you go.” I, in disbelief, said “What was that, was that the anti venom, was it the right one?!” The nurse said “You can check if you want, go head” “I will” said I. And I woke up after that…

  • Vorfreude

    I was in my home with my family. Snake entered our house and I was really scared,So I called my mom&dad for help .. My mom tried to throw the snake out of our house .. she was the shield .. Anyhow she managed to get rid of it and then she closed the window .. But the snake was calling her “Mom, please let me enter”

  • Michael

    I had a dream that I was pulling large snakes out of the ground or wet grass/swamp land. I wasn’t scared nor did the snakes bite or attack me. What could be the meaning of that dream?

  • Cari Fazende

    I dreamt that I was in a wooded area and spotted the rattle if a snake it was alive. I reached out a mms grabbed it. But nothing happened. i woke up

  • Audi

    I dreamed that I was in my front yard digging,I grab one snake it was wide and strong.then I looked to my right there’s another black snake with a white belly.then they wrap around my head I felt no fear just calm.then my front door of my home open there was my husband just looking,I bent down I the snakes unwarp themselves from my head I felt very clam.

  • Solomon

    In my dream I caught a big snake in d head cos it wanted to hit me someone was pulling off its venomous fangs for me and they was also a bigger one someone else caught and also tried to cutoff its fangs but they were all trying to attack me but failed

  • Freya

    i dreamt about a place inside a building, there were a few rooms,no doors, but there were small non venomous snakes all over the floors. they moved in a calm way & i felt calm..in waking life i am usually afraid of snakes,but i felt no fear in this dream.after reading some interpretation i think i might know what it means;some healing i need to do from a real life situation involving an addiction. i would appreciate any opinions on what these snakes all over floors mean? I’m not sure on all their colors,but i did notice a black one & i picked it up but then it got out of my hand & went back on the floor with the other snakes.it was a strange dream..

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