The Meaning of Snake Dreams


Psychological Meaning of Dreams about Snakes

The snake is one of the world’s oldest symbols found in some of the most ancient sculptures. They are often used as phallic symbols and have long been linked with pagan fertility gods. Because it lives close to the ground, the snake is an emblem of the nurturing earth and also the unknown perils of the underworld. Christian imagery emphasizes the dark side of this symbol.

It is considered evil, yet it is the snake, created by God, that tempts man to gain knowledge.  Sometimes snakes can symbolize the poisonous words and innuendo of the people around you.

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Mystical Meaning of Snake Dreams:

Entwined snakes appear on the god Mercury’s caduceus, which is a symbol of the medical profession to this day. The Greeks attributed healing powers to the snake and similar symbolism may be found in Indian Kundalini yoga where it represents the life force that rises up the spinal cord. In particular, the cobra is a symbol of divine enlightenment and associated with the god Shiva

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I have an enormous fear of snakes since I was a child. I had a number of dreams of being chased by a deadly snake. He runs after me begging me to wait and not to be afraid of him, but I am so terrified I just run screaming. I always run over a bridge across a river, knowing that he won’t cross the water. I collapse on the grass with relief knowing that I am free from him. Another snake dream is where I am lying on the grass beside a river, a snake crawls along my body looks at me and says Don’t scream for some reason I am fearful, but not as threatened, however, I run at the first chance I get. No dreams for a long time, but I have had those ones quite a bit.


This dream is trying to help you address fears that you have had since childhood. The snake can represent many things – as medicines’ caduceus, the entwined snakes are a symbol of healing whereas in the Garden of Eden the snake is a symbol of temptation and evil. Often it occurs in dreams as a phallus symbol.


In your dream, the snake takes on a fearful aspect. There is something in your past – possibly sexual – that deeply frightens you. Something so bad happened that all you want to do is run from even thinking about it. But in your dreams, these fears press upon you. You try to push these things away and endeavor to put a barrier between you and these memories. The river is your symbolic barrier that the snake, like witches evil spirits in superstition, cannot cross.

This recurring dream takes many forms and in the second dreams sees you lying beside a river with the snake crawling along your body. Freud would certainly have taken this a symbol of seduction and the river as a symbol flowing energy of the libido. The snake tells you not to scream and although still fearful you are not as threatened as before. One way to interpret this dream is that it is trying to help you reconcile your fears about sexual intimacy.

As well as being a phallus symbol the snake can also represent spiritual transformation. A snake sheds its skin and is symbolically reborn as a new being. This dream is helping you to come to terms with difficult sexual feelings that may have troubled you since early life. It is encouraging you to stop repressing your feelings and accept them.


Snakes are cold-blooded legless reptiles closely related to lizards, which share the order Squamata. There are also several species of legless lizard which superficially resemble snakes, but are not otherwise related to them. A love of snakes is called ophiophilia, a fear of snakes is called ophidiophobia (or snake phobia). A specialist in snakes is an ophiologist. An old synonym for snake is serpent; in modern usage, this usually refers to a mythic or symbolic snake.


The snake is one of the 12 animals which appear in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. According to Chinese folklore, each animal is associated with certain personality traits, and those born in the year of the Snake are calm and gentle, romantic and perceptive. However, they may be prone to sloth and vanity.


There are many strange superstitions about snakes. It was believed that to see a lone snake and feel threatened by it in a dream or in real life shows that you have a bad enemy that is working against you, it also a warning against bodily harm from an enemy. To dream of many snakes in a pit was also considered to be a foreboding of much bad luck in love or business. If in a snake dream you overcome and kill a threatening snake in your dream, it shows that you will overcome your adversary and win out.

30 comments… add one
  • Lady dash Aug 22, 2018, 7:25 am

    Always having dreams seeing snails often
    What does that means
    Thank u

  • julia Nov 14, 2017, 8:33 pm

    I dream that my son is veing bitten by a pink python at his neck. I use a chopstick to tuck into it mouth because i called it to stop and it dont.But my son is not wounded by its bite at all and the python seems like teethless.what does it means?

  • Venus Caputolan Aug 23, 2017, 4:38 pm

    Hi! I Just want to know thea meaning of my dream last night lt was all about snakes… In my dream there is a baby snake following my mother after a while there’s so many snakes in the river but the snake Just submerge on the water just going on the flow and the flow of the river is rough…

  • Nik May 4, 2017, 11:00 pm

    In my dream I was talking to my girlfriend, and there was a Gardener Snake curled up looking at her, and a Corn Snake slithering, circling us. does anyone know what this means??

  • Joshua omoniyi Oni Mar 18, 2017, 4:26 am

    I saw a black small snake in my dream then I asked my wife but she said it was outside not inside thereafter the snske entered our house,i went to take a stick to kill it but it runs under the bed and disappear there

  • Luela Feb 2, 2017, 6:21 am

    I dream ang yellow green snake eating a fish and it run to me.

  • Brittany Oct 15, 2016, 6:27 am

    I just had a dream that snakes were coming from every direction of my room out from under things, snakes that were almost worm size up to snakes the size of your average black snake. I couldn’t successfully get my children in safe spots away from them and only succeeded in killing a few. Then I woke up. Any ideas?

  • Jackie Sep 16, 2016, 12:25 pm

    I had a very disturbing dream this morning, involving numerous and multiple types of snakes, baby snakes, all sizes of snakes, all hidden in “my” home (not my real home, but my “dream” home). My dog’s bed, baskets, under cushions, along railings, under blankets. All types and sizes, some slithering, some coiled. None struck, but I kept finding them, and being frightened by them, and feeling panicked. I kept trying to get rid of them to pack and leave with my dog, but they were in everything – baby ones were even between sheets of thin papers. My husband was in it briefly with a red weird vehicle that also had snakes in it – maybe an old Woody wagon or old SUV – I woke up before escaping the snakes. It was very disturbing, and I would like to know what this dream may mean. My “scary” dreams are usually about spiders, which I am terrified of. I really don’t have a horrible fear of snakes, though I had a few disturbing encounters with different ones when I was a child.

  • Coritha Aug 17, 2016, 9:05 pm

    When I was younger I used to dream about white snakes and now I had a dream this morning about this big pink and yellow snake chasing me and biting me. I really do want to know what does that mean because I am very afraid and scared please help me.

  • Britt Aug 13, 2016, 2:43 pm

    I had a dream of an orange/white snake. Didn’t bite me, occasionally launched at me but never touched me. It was inside a house and the snake was lurking for example sometimes it was in the shower or hiding along the walls. All inside the house I never killed or went near it.

    • Britt Aug 13, 2016, 2:45 pm

      What does that mean?

  • Melony Jul 25, 2016, 9:28 pm

    Please help last night I had a dream of a pink and blue snake inside my mouth when I saw it I pulled it out and it ran off what does that mean?

  • Jona Jul 15, 2016, 10:51 pm

    I dream of snakes. I was dreaming that about. In our home, I was with my mom. It seems that, one of my classmate when I was high school was also in my dream. She is looking for the other snake (remaining snake) because she has killed already the others.

  • mar Jun 26, 2016, 12:43 am

    I had a dream of a big snake swam in the creek wherein there are two men are trying to catch it while I’m watching laughing at them.

  • Miguelina May 1, 2016, 6:38 pm

    I had several different dreams about snakes but the most recent was that I was walking down a street with a man and all of the sudden this person disappear and I’m alone in a place like a park. I see a pathway there is several trees around it and all of a sudden when I start walking thru the path I see snake next to me like hanging from something, then several fall next to me or hanging over the tree waiting for me to go through it to bide me. I start running from them they don’t touch me but I’m scare of them and then I wake up screaming from the nightmare. I don’t remember much but the color of the snake were like the color of the tree like yellow or green.

  • jan Mar 9, 2016, 3:06 pm

    I dream I seen a large garden crawling out from behind a picture on the wall in my bedroom. He appeared to be trying to get away. I called for my husband and he caught and got rid of it. Then there were two more when I was coming own the stairs trying to get away. They were caught and placed outside the house. I then woke up.

  • Liane Mar 7, 2016, 6:29 pm

    I had a dream, I was walking down an alley and got bitten by a toxic venomous snake and died later in the dream. There were many more snakes at the time I was bitten- what does this mean? I painted what I saw to help me make sense of it, but it doesn’t.

  • Mahendra Kumar Rawat Dec 2, 2015, 7:24 am

    In dreams, I saw that I am holding a snake in my hand and am trying break it but it attacks my hand. What does this dream mean?

  • Martina Nov 9, 2015, 5:17 pm

    I had a dream of a snake crawling on my belly, I was so scare to move or do anything, but I decided to push it away from me, then the snake bite me. Please let me know the meaning of the dream.

  • joseph Nov 2, 2015, 10:58 pm

    I had 3 kinds of dream about snake the first one is I was covered up by two snake it was python they hold me so tight and then they bite me. Second I was covered up by the two pythons again from shoulder to toe and it’s not tight anymore it loose it up and it looks like I can manage them like a pet. The 3rd one is I’m with my office mate we went out on the party and we are guarded a lot of snakes 9 pythons they’re just sleeping a long the way and one of them is staring at us while walking I think he wants to know where the we were going and he follows us and he hit by a truck. What is the meaning of this dream please answer me.

  • stormie Aug 18, 2015, 1:21 am

    I had a dream of two rattlesnakes, I heard the rattle then seen the two snakes. One lunged at me and I coped its head off then skinned it. I went back to find the other one and the dream ended. There was no fear.

  • RICHARD Jul 29, 2015, 6:48 am

    In my dream, I felt that somebody/something is beside me while sleeping on a sofa. As I open my eyes, I saw a small (maybe baby) snake crawling beside me. I tried to kill the snake by nipping its head. I was also scared that the snake might bite my fingers I used in nipping. I pulled the snake while still nipping the head but I can’t pull it as its body is stuck on the sofa. It looks like it’s very true until I woke up. What does this dream mean?

  • simsimma Jun 5, 2015, 3:46 pm

    I dreamed of a snake grabbing me from the head and swallowing me.

  • nikki May 23, 2015, 3:21 pm

    I am a vivid dreamer and can usually decipher my own dreams. This time I’m stomped. I dreamed of a pink snake. The snake first approached me on the ground. It slithered through green grass and clover as I walked along a path with a guide. The guide was taking me to a place to show me some rescued baby ducks. When we arrived at our destination the snake was slithering along the bottom of the enclosure. The guide could see the snake and was not bothered by it. The snake slithered from the enclosure onto my arm. It had no weight and no grip like a snake would. It seemed to have tiny pointed ears like little triangles. It rose up and was looking at me.the guide reached over and grabbed it right behind its head and gently removed it. She was explaning how to remove it as she did it.

  • CRYSTAL Apr 16, 2015, 10:28 pm

    I had a dream about a snake it was wrapped around me taking and I walked around showing it to people, and then I ended up chopping off its head off because it tried to attack my kid. What does this mean anything??

  • Kristi Jan 18, 2015, 2:00 pm

    I just woke and was dreaming of being pursued by a large orange & white corn snake type snake. Larger than they are in life. I was avoiding the snake and it had a strong desire and drive to pursue me. I wasn’t completely fearful – not really sure it wanted to harm me as much as was driven to be with me. It started at a store, then mall. At one point I was in my childhood bedroom and shoving towels under the door to keep it out. I somehow saw it curled up on the other side (like a puppy) waiting. The chase also was outdoors where i got in the car to separate us. I was feeling some fear, and not wanting the close encounter, yet didn’t feel that the snake meant deadly harm.

  • Katherine M. Jan 16, 2015, 8:08 pm

    I’ve been having recurring dreams of snakes over the past couple years. The common denominator in them is my aunt on my mother’s side. We share the same birthday (she’s far older obviously) and have a few small shared personality traits and life experiences. She’s either close by or I’m in or near her home. She never even notices the snake and when she does she acts as if it’s completely normal (In real life she would be horrified.) And the snake never strikes, bites, hisses or is in any way hostile, but it always trying to get to me. The one time I couldn’t get away it wrapped itself around me and squeezed, but I awoke before any harm was done. Sometimes I succeed in killing it sometimes not, but I’m always fearful. Any theory as to what this is alluding too?

  • calvin Aug 2, 2014, 4:06 pm

    Hey I dream about snakes that attack and then all of the sudden their heads pops off or explodes can you tell me what it means?

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Sep 12, 2014, 9:49 pm

      You need to figure out what fear the snake here represents from your waking life. The head exploding may symbolise the fact that you are overcoming your fears.

  • Vincent Crasta sj Apr 22, 2014, 4:43 pm

    The interpretation of the snake dream having sexual intercourse with ones own mother.

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