Interpretation of Dreams about Snakes. Meaning of Snakes in Dreams

Dreams about Snakes: Meaning, Analysis, Interpretation

The interpretation of dreams about snakes depends primarily on the associations of the dreamer and how snakes are used in the dream-story.

To one person, snakes are feared and loathed. Just the thought of a snake makes their skin crawl. To another person, snakes are symbols of temptation and evil. But to some people, snakes are associated with good health, virility, transformation, and the presence or blessing of God.

These associations form the basis of dream symbolism. The process can be as simple as whatever comes to mind first in relation to a snake. If I say “snake,” you say “____?”

snake dreamsHow a snake is presented in your dream and how you react to it tells you what it symbolizes. Is the snake dangerous, or just chillin’? Do you run in terror at the sight of it, stare in fascination or even play with it? What role does the snake have in the dream-story, and what actions, if any, does it take? Where is the snake encountered and who, if anyone, is with you?

This is how you figure out the meaning of a snake in a dream. The snake is an enigmatic dream symbol that can’t be interpreted using pat definitions. Instead, dig into the story and analyze the dream. I’ll show you how.

Snake Symbolism: Venom

Let’s begin with a common use of snake symbolism. Snakes are known for being venomous, and as symbolism it can describe certain people and a variety of situations. For example, someone who poisons your thoughts or feelings, is a bad influence, or says things that hurt can be symbolized as a venomous snake. Everyday comparisons between people and venomous snakes are common, in fact, so for dreams it’s an easy connection to make.

Do you know someone who’s “mean as a snake?” It can be a way of saying the person is venomous.

If that’s how the symbolism is used in a dream, you’ll see it in the dream-story. The snake will be a venomous variety. It will bite and inject venom, or you will fear being bitten. If the snake is not venomous, does not strike out, does not bite and inject venom, or does not provoke fear, it’s probably not related to the symbolism of venom.

The symbolism of a snake as something venomous doesn’t end with how it can describe certain people. Situations and thought processes can be venomous, too. “Venomous” and “poisonous” are used to describe situations that slowly kill you, that are chronically stressful and bring out the worst in people. It can be a situation described as “survival of the fittest,” where people are set against each other in a brutal competition for supremacy. Or it can relate to something that works into you and poisons you, such as an ideology or belief system. It can be a group dynamic that’s harmful.

“Venomous” can describe thought processes and the way you talk to yourself. Thoughts like “I’m good for nothing” and “I can’t do anything right” are venom in the psyche. They poison you from within, as do feelings such as shame and self-loathing.

Venom can be used to describe anything that attacks the body and mind from within, such as certain substances: sodas, alcohol, drugs, heavily processed foods. Remember that the symbolism is based on your perceptions and how your body and mind react to the intake of something. Some people can eat Twinkies morning, noon, and night and are fine. For other people, it’s slow death. Some people can drink alcohol and it doesn’t bother them. Others can’t.

As you can see, just this one use of the symbolism has many variations. The other uses of the symbolism we’ll cover also have many variations and they can’t all be covered. Remember that. The goal here is to show you ways that dreams can use associations with snakes to create symbolism so that you can decode the symbolism.

Snake Symbolism: Fear

Dreams make comparisons based on your personal associations, and fear is a common association with snakes. They can symbolize anything that you fear: people, places, situations, or just the idea of something such as speaking in public or health problems. If you fear it, a dangerous snake can symbolize it. The idea can be stretched from here to the moon. For example, fear of getting in trouble, failing a test, or losing something you love can be symbolized as fear of a snake.

But if you don’t fear snakes, they’re not likely to be used in your dreams to symbolize fear. Or if the snake is not a potentially harmful variety, you have nothing to fear. Of course, some people fear any snake so again, it depends on you and how you react to snakes in general and specifically to the snakes in your dreams. If you dream about overcoming fear of a snake, it’s a strong indicator of overcoming fear of snakes or some other sort of fear.

Snake Symbolism: Constriction

Situations in life described as constricting are comparable to the killing method of Boa Constrictors, Pythons and Anacondas. Dreaming of a snake that constricts might describe a constricting situation. For example, relationships and their demands, obligations and responsibilities can feel constricting. Situations in the work world can feel like a noose around the neck as the demands of the job sap the life out of you. People can become “ensnared” in all sorts of ways.

reddit dreamsHowever, before jumping to conclusions, a dream of a snake wrapped around the neck can describe a restricted airway while asleep, or if wrapped around another body part it might relate to poor blood circulation. If I had a dream like that I might ask my sleeping partner to check if I’m having trouble breathing or set a voice recorder by my bedside. I’d try to remember if I fell asleep on my arm or woke up with a limb asleep.

Dreams react to external and internal stimuli and turn it into symbolic imagery. If you have sleep apnea or another condition that restricts the airway during sleep, dreams are likely to visualize it somehow.

Snake Symbolism: Sneak Attack and Engulf

Snakes are known for attacking out of the blue. They can lie still and hidden for hours waiting for lunch to wander passed. This characteristic of snakes can describe people and situations, too. Some people lie in wait for an opportunity to attack. Situations can be fraught with potential for danger summed up in the image of a snake waiting to attack.

Picture how a snake eats. It engulfs. It opens its mouth and swallows whole. Imagine the possibilities for how that can be used as symbolism. A relationship can engulf. A job can be all-consuming. An addiction or desire can encompass a person’s life.

Snake Dreams: Temptation

In the story of the Garden of Eden, a snake tempts Eve to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It symbolizes humans’ separation from nature and natural instincts, and has evolved as a general symbol of temptation.

But Wait: Snakes Aren’t All Bad!

The possibilities covered so far are all negative, but snakes are marvelous works of evolution that have many positive associations that can be used as symbolism.

One time when giving a public lecture about dream symbolism and discussing snakes, I covered many of the “bad” associations. A woman in the back shot up her hand. “In my culture, snakes are positive,” she said, objecting to my portrayal of snakes. “My people view them in relation to spirit and Mother Nature, and dreaming about them is a good sign.”

She gave me the perfect opportunity to discuss the many good associations with snakes. They live in the ground and that closeness to the Earth creates a strong association with nature. Nature is associated with wisdom, fertility, and instincts. Snakes are used in rituals to bless crops for a good harvest and bless people with fertility and health. Cultural associations play a strong role in dream symbolism, especially with snakes because of the broad spectrum of perceptions and associations from culture to culture.

rod of asclepius - healing dreamsSnakes are used on the Rod of Asclepius, which is the basis of the Caduceus, a symbol associated with medicine. The good health associations stem from a snake’s ability to renew itself by shedding its skin. This idea has strong connections also with personal development and the psyche, because “shedding your skin” means letting go of the old to become something new.

A snake bite, especially a bite on the wrist or hand, is known to be associated with a call from inside a person to “shed their skin” and transform. Carl Jung wrote about it in his book, “Dreams.” The idea extends further to include the need to take action. The hand is used to take action, so a bite to the hand can act as a reminder or warning.

I encountered the association in the dreams of a friend had. In order to succeed she drove herself with feelings of anxiety and fear of failure. She had several dreams of being pursued by snakes, culminating with a dream about being bitten on the wrist. Oddly, she started encountering snakes, too, and she lived in an urban environment where snakes are rarely encountered. I felt that the dreams were telling her to find a new way of motivating herself, which would require a personal transformation. The wrist is the connector of the arm and the hand, and both of these body parts are symbols of taking action. In this sense, being bitten on the wrist is a call to action.

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The snake is connected with nature, which goes through cycles, and with instincts which we all have for renewal and health. When ill, sometimes the best medicine is to listen closely and give your body what it needs. Snakes are highly sensitive to their environment and sense the slightest vibrations. That sensitivity can be used to create associations with sensitivity to the subtle signs and signals from your body and your environment.

dream analysis: snakesAnother very positive association exists between snakes and kundalini. Kundalini is an energy that rises out of the hips, travels up the spine, and emerges out of the forehead or crown of the head to connect with the “upper realm.” It’s visualized as two snakes intertwined and rising up the spine. A snake emerging from the head is a symbol of deep insight and enlightenment. (See pic on right. Now you know why the snake is shown emerging from the forehead, the seat of the “Third Eye.”)

Snake as Phallic Symbol

The long, cylindrical shape of snakes creates an association with the penis, so the snake is a phallic symbol. The association is easily stretched to include males in general. “All men are snakes,” a frustrated woman says. Taken further, snakes are associated with everything about men and masculinity, positive and negative.

As with all symbolism, look at the action to determine the meaning. If the snake is trying to crawl up your leg under your pants, it might be a phallic symbol. But if the snake is on a rock sunning itself, it might symbolize something “warming up,” as in “warming up to the idea.”

Snakes in Dreams: Examples for Analysis

Next is a dream that uses an association with snakes as meaning something dangerous or invasive, titled “Killed a snake with a knife in a dream:”

There is a large snake in my garden hiding under the shed. I try to take pictures of it but keep failing. Eventually it begins to become aggressive toward me, so I retreat into my house via patio doors. Somehow the snake gets its tail stuck in the door. It manages to wriggle through the door and under the carpet. I get a kitchen knife and stab it several times through the carpet.

meaning of snake dreamI joked with this dreamer that all he needed was Adam and Eve and an apple tree to complete the picture of a snake in a garden. Judging by the fact that the dreamer tries to take pictures of the snake–comparable to gathering evidence–my guess is he has encountered something in his life that’s akin to the phrase “snake in the grass” and is trying to protect himself from it, or to gain concrete proof for himself that something isn’t quite right.

“Snake in the grass” describes a person who is untrustworthy, who hides their true nature until it is too late for their victims to get away. ‘Under a shed’ can mean the snake is related to something at or about work, since a shed is where work tools and supplies are kept. A garden is a way of describing something that is planted, tended or grown. For example, a garden might describe an idea that’s planted like a seed and grows in the mind. It’s also a place for peace and contemplation, and if a snake is in your “inner garden” it means something has invaded your peace of mind.

The snake in the dream gets into his house, the dream’s way of saying that the situation is “close to home.” A house in a dream can be a way of describing the life you have built for yourself. Being outside of the house symbolizes outside of personal boundaries. This snake is trying to slither inside, meaning get passed the dreamer’s guard and hide “below the surface,” symbolized in the dream as under the carpet. However, he recognizes the danger and takes steps to eliminate it.

Keep in mind that this dream can just as easily describe some kind of influence on the dreamer, not necessarily a person or situation in his life. For example, maybe the dreamer’s attitude toward something is negative, or something in his thoughts or feelings is “poisonous.” It could symbolize a bad habit, like a vice. But because I don’t see any sign of what it could symbolize, I think the dream is more likely to connect with something threatening his boundaries.

Terms such as “trouser snake” use the comparison of a snake to a penis. It’s not the most common association, but snakes as phallic symbols do pop up in dreams, like the next dream, titled “Snakes in my house.”

I was in my living room and a large snake was there, not aggressive but trying to get my attention. I decided it wanted out but was afraid to pick it up, so I had it follow me through the kitchen to the back door where it and four other large snakes exited my house. But one tiny snake refused to go because it was too cold outside. I let him stay. Relevant info: I am a girl and had been at a bar that night with about 40 guys I used to work with.

Picture the scene with this girl in a bar surrounded by 40 guys she knows. How many of them do you think hit on her? Do you see a comparison with the snake in her living room trying to get her attention, same as the guys the night before tried to get her attention? Male sexual interest doesn’t bother her–she’s not afraid of the snakes in her dream, and that reaction is a huge clue to the symbolism. But she doesn’t want them in her house, either, meaning she is not interested in a sexual relationship at that time. Or maybe none of the guys interest her enough to invite them home.

The way she leads the snakes out of her home in the dream shows she is comfortable with sexual attention and adroit at handling it. If she savagely hacked at the snakes with a machete, I might wonder if she felt the same way about guys hitting on her. Leaving the small snake inside says to me that she wants some male energy in her personal life, just not a lot of it.

If you read the original post, you’ll see that I joked about how trouser snakes–penises–shrink back from the cold, too, like the little snake that didn’t want to go outside! The cold can also describe a feeling that the dreamer might be viewed as “frigid” if she handled male energy less tactfully, but I don’t think it applies to this dream.

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The little snake can also describe males who don’t display machismo, or who might be overlooked because they don’t draw attention to themselves. I can’t say for sure that I’m correct; I use this dream to illustrate possible interpretations and show how the association process works.

As you can see, the interpretation of a dream about snakes has many possibilities. Whether a dream of snakes is symbolic of something venomous, constricting, untrustworthy, enlightening, blessing, or that needs to change depends on the dreamer. Associations are key. If it doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t fit.

I encourage you to think broadly, but most importantly, think for yourself. Whatever a snake means to you in your dream is based on your personal experience, not mine. Only you know what it really means.

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  1. I dreamt of a snake coming from my eye. It was a bizarre and interesting dream with many elements. My husband was covered in this black hunk that at times looked like those large slugs. (My personal opinion of this is that he is stuck in a cycle and doing nothing to get himself out of it, or help himself in anyway.) Then during the dream I felt something was actually in my eye, and thought it’s a snake. Sure enough a baby one emerged, very small, brown in color, from my eye and fell to the floor as I was bent over while it crawled out. Non-agressive. Then I woke up.

    • Interesting dream imagery. Your take on the imagery of the slugs cracks me up — and it’s right on: “stuck in a cycle and doing nothing to help himself.” To figure out the symbolism of the baby snake snake that emerges on your eye, focus on the function of the eye for vision. Metaphorically, vision can mean how you perceive and view someone or something. Since that scene happens right after the scene with your husband, my guess is the snake represents something that’s changed in the way you see your husband.

  2. I had a dream last night that I was in a house and I saw a tank of snakes. Then I went to a room and I saw a snake following me and it turned big. I was so scared then I open a window. I got out of that house so fast.

    • A key detail is the snakes are contained in a tank, then one gets out and follows you. That could symbolize something you thought was contained, such as a problem or situation, but turns out it’s not. It could be something you thought you could control or handle, then oops, you find out otherwise. The snake turns big, which could symbolize a problem or situation that starts small and gets big. Your reaction suggests that you want nothing to do with it. Another key detail is only one snake gets out.

  3. I had a dream the other night about snakes and freaked out so bad I woke up. I was with two of my friends one of witch i talk to a lot an the other just on Facebookb now, we were with other people but didn’t know em, anyways we were driving to see one of the girls mother and they ended up arguing so we left and mind you she lives way off in Neverland around lots of water , we end up back in the truck and was driving and she said f*** it and drove us in the water we all climbed out safely as the truck sank. So we start swimming thru the water and then my friend( that I still have a close relationship with) started swimming to me saying finally I found you. Didn’t realize she wasn’t even in the truck. So we start acting crazy as usual and we go under water and there are snakes ever were laying on the sand , they were very calm, appeared to be sleeping , they didn’t try to bother us but when we seen them we went crazy and it woke me up. I was trying to catch my breath when I did wake!! what does that mean.

    • Well Kim, it’s hard to say what the dream means to you, but what I see is the possibility there is something you are ready to abandon or give up related to your social life. Perhaps something just isn’t worth “keeping afloat.” Notice that at the end of the dream you have your one real close friend with you, and the other is gone. My guess is it could be a metaphor for letting go of relationships that demand too much from you or don’t give you back what you put into it. I find that trying to maintain relationships on FB is often not worth it. It just sucks up a lot of time, and sometimes I actually resent feeling obliged to respond to people I barely know.

  4. I dreamed that I was running across the street when light changed green stood at bus stop and there was a potted plant when a whole bunch of snakes then I ran one was on my body I jumped up a woke up. What does that mean
    Thanks so much

    • Running across a street can mean entering new phase or area of life, or crossing a boundary. Then the snakes appear in a potted plant. Dreams use word plays to create symbolism, and to me, potted plant could be a play on “pot plant.” Combine that with the the previous observation about entering a new area of life, and the green light, and I can’t help but wonder if the dream is connected with smoking the sacred weed :)

  5. I dreamt of two snakes in my room. They are not big and they are very slim. The first one was a bit long and I saw it running under the bed and the second one was very short and I tried to kill the very short one, as I was hitting it with a stick or something all of a sudden it was wrapped on my big left toe. I was then crying asking someone who was there to remove it and she was refusing. I finally removed it on my own then I woke up. In real life am afraid of snakes, I don’t want to see them even in a picture.

    • This dream reminds me of a theme of telling you that a big-time fear is really small if you put it in perspective. Notice the contrasts in the dream between the size of the snakes, and when the snake wraps around the big toe. A small snake around the big toe? The woman who refuses to remove the snake could symbolize that you have the ability to overcome this fear but refuse to do so.

  6. A few nights ago, I had a dream that my husband and I were on a porch/or maybe a walkway (wooden) of some kind, 1 side had bushes, shrubs type stuff, the other had handrail that went into trees/grass/schrubs. I seen a snake on the side without the handrail (I was standing against the handrail).
    My husband pick’s it up and throws it over the handrail- as it Flys by my arm it touched my right wrist (no bite)- in dream and real life I scream and jump (literally out of bed)

    Real life-
    1. Husband would not put a snake anywhere near me, this situation he would block me from the snake and walk away-or kill it without me around
    2. I am absolutely terrified of snakes!!!
    But in the dream I wasn’t terrified til it touched me.

    • The wrist is connected with flexibility and action. I wonder if the snake touching your wrist and the missing handrail combine to send a message that you depend on him to do things you can do for yourself. A handrail is a support, and support in a dream can mean personal support. The snake is shown on the side where you don’t have support. Your reaction of not being terrified till it touches you can mean you fear the idea of what would happen if you didn’t have your husband’s support, or something along that line.

  7. I am 38 and married now but when i was a kid i dreamed of being in a dark pit with black snakes all around me. It terrified me for years because i had the same dream that never changed, the black snakes would be coming from every where within the pit. The day came when i stopped having that dream and i seamed to sleep easily. But now i am dreaming of snakes again after years of no dreams about snakes. Last night was on of terror. I was in a house and walking through like i didn’t know where i was but then snakes were found in every corner under chairs, in the kitchen,and in the couch but this time the snakes were all different colors. The biggest one was red and yellow, then another one was green and blue, and some were black. The frighten part was that i start realizing that some of the snakes were killing cats then all of a sudden i started seeing kitten running for their lives… I followed the kittens outside to see a huge snake with his head reared up ready to attack and mouth open to seemingly bite, but i didnt know if it was gonna bite me or the kittens/cats… Funny thing is i am not a fan of cats and i have never dreamed of cats in my life….can you help me understand whats going on in my mind as i am sleeping. I believe in dreams i just dont know what this dream is trying to say to me…..

    • The first thing to consider is the snakes symbolize many of something that’s negative, such as fears, anxieties, worries or problems. Cats have an ‘easy come, easy go’ relaxed way about them, so to me, the threat to the cat could mean that many problems or worries are taking away your sense of ease and security.

  8. I had a terrifying and vivid dream last night. I was walking through a very specific section of my hometown with my mother at dusk. It was a nice calm walk, natural like it was an regular event, and my sister’s cat (was more or less a family pet at one time), had joined/followed us. We had to take a certain sharp corner to get back home. It meant going around someone’s wheelbarrow they had left out on the edge of their property, but coiled inside was a venomous white snake with bright pink and blue lines going down its back. The dream gave me the feeling that we’d done this/encountered this same situation many times before, or almost like the dream was recurring. My mom took the corner quickly and passed the wheelbarrow and snake with no problem without it noticing her and kept encouraging me to do the same, as if this was how it always happened – that the snake usually always stayed asleep or dormant. But I was worried because the snake always seemed to notice me, or that I would simply not have the same luck in getting past. I saw the snake stirring, it noticing my presence, so I became very still. The snake was about to strike at my head/neck and jumped at me, but the cat jumped out to attack, saving me. Several times the cat and snake jumped out and struck each other. We were almost certain the cat had won (in real life the cat is very much a hunter) but then the snake bit the cat and killed him (and I believe it died in the process). We sat on the curb and I completely lost control of my emotions, I was sobbing uncontrollably to my mother about how the cat had died and we now had to tell my sister, feeling to blame. My mother was in shock and couldn’t believe that the snake actually struck, that the cat lost the fight when he never usually loses, etc. I woke up after that point, in panic and terrified with everything still in very clear detail. I have a great relationship with my mother (parents), but this year has been filled with multiple personal complications with my job, my boyfriend, my health, etc. Currently, I’m living at home with them. I’m now at a major transition point in trying to figure out a direction to move forward again, potentially out of this job and relationship (I don’t want it to end, but they think it would be better with how I’ve been treated), but waiting on more information. I know these things and this stress of change and unknown is influencing this terrifying dream, but despite all I’ve read about snake dreams (and this post was quite informative) I’m having trouble interpreting this dream, and what in particular it’s representing in my life, if it’s even that specific. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

    • Wow, what a dream. My first thought is related to the pink and blue lines, which are colors used for female and male young children, respectively. Ironically, those colors used to be reversed. Boys wore pink and girl wore light blue.

      Here’s my thought on the dream. Snakes are creatures connected with personal transformation and healing, and when they strike in dreams, it can be a way of getting your attention, of saying that you are delaying something that needs to be done. The two lines of the snake make me think that you’re facing a sort of “either-or” decision and hesitate to make it. That’s the symbolism of the snake blocking your path.

      Your mom and sister are in the dream. Is your sister a mom? If so, I suspect that the details of the dream could tie together under that subject, and the cat protecting you and being struck could tie in with hesitating to follow on a similar path as her as a mother, or something similar. Like, maybe you’d rather pursue a career for now and think that your mom and sister would be disappointed. Give me some feedback and we can try to zero in. Email me directly: groovywriter at gmail.

  9. I had a dream that I was in my back yard just walking around and my boyfriend was across the yard from me just standing there staring at something. When I walked up to him, he moved a branch back and there was a green snake intertwined in a small tree, and I stood back in shock and then woke up. The snake wasn’t striking at us, it was just intertwined In the tree. What does this mean? I’ve been searching through your readings on snakes, but none are familiar with mine. Please help me find out what this means?

    • The green color is a specific detail, and that it’s in a tree. To me, green is associated with nature and establishing yourself in the world, same as green things establish themselves in good soil. So perhaps the snake is connected with the idea of starting a family with your boyfriend–a tree carries the same idea (family tree). Not that you’re necessarily actively thinking about it, but it might be potential you recognize and something deep inside you responds to it.

  10. Hi .. I had this dream last night, there’s a snake wrap around my neck at first im scared and paralyzed but litle by little i became calm and chill after why is that?

    • To me, it looks like a sign of overcoming fear. Could be fear of snakes, but more likely the snake represents something else you fear.

      Another possibility is connected with something which had been constricting you and you figured out how to ease the pressure.

      Or, because you’re paralyzed in the dream, it could be an experience of sleep paralysis. The best thing to do when you realize your body is paralyzed while dreaming (called REM atonia, a normal thing) is to chill.

      Finally, consider the possibility that the snake around the neck is a way of saying your airway was obstructed. You shifted position in your sleep and opened the airway, symbolized as the snake easing its grip.

  11. I just woke from a dream aND found your site. In the dream a large python with no eyes was slowly coming towards me. It had a lion on its back. The lion was calm and just seemed to be along for the ride. The snake came at me and started to wrap around my leg then aggressively tried to strike. I had a knife and tried to stab the head 3 times (controlled stabs) but couldn’t hit it. Then I woke up. Any ideas?

    • To begin with, a python kills by constriction, and constriction can mean “constricting situation” or “unable to let go.” The detail about it having no eyes is interesting. It implies the idea of something unseen or unnoticed. A lion can symbolize pride or ego. Put the ideas together and it could mean that you’re getting involved with a proud or egotistical person who doesn’t really see you for who you are. It could mean that someone represented as the lion is “along for the ride,” hitching a ride in the figurative sense, and you fear that a relationship with that person can become constricting. Whatever it symbolizes, your reaction says it’s unwelcome in your life. Does that give you ideas?

  12. I had a dream about someone holding a snake and it was like people were viewing the snake and the snake handler. I was in a room with other people but I cant remember who was with me and what was in the room. for some reason the snake was coming towards me like it was drawn to me. As i backed up really fast the snake handler grabbed the snake and pulled it back towards herself but the snake somehow got out of her hand and slithered like the speed of light up the wall..on the seiling..i guess to get around everyone and ended on the floor right in front of my feet. As i backed up slowly it moved slowly towards me. This happened several times and i was very afraid but every time the snake got very close it seemed as though the snake was studying me rather than attacking me. It looked at me as though it was trying to figure out something.

    • I can’t help but think of possibilities for this dream being a sexual metaphor. A snake handler? Snake = penis. It’s very “Freudian” and I’m not a big fan of his reductionist approach to dreams, but I have helped decode a number of dreams where a snake represented either the penis or something related to masculinity. So the question is, are you trying to figure out the romantic or sexual advances of a male in your life, or maybe just puzzling over how to handle men in general?

  13. I am hoping you have some insight or advice as these dreams make me not want to sleep due to the fear.
    I keep dreaming I am on the phone with my mom,who I am very close with, and I am walking outside my house and I always come upon multiple snakes. They are all around me. I am terrified of snakes in normal life, so obviously in my dream I am terrified. I tell my mom on the phone what is happening and telling her to help me. There is always one huge snake that is dark and is trying to bite me. I try to move around it, it keeps coming at me and I am trying to avoid all the other snakes around. The snake finally bit me on the hand last night. I wake up in terror from these dreams. I have tried to control them,
    but in the moment, I do not realize I am dreaming until I wake up in a panic.
    It has really affected my sleep. I know it is not real, but in the dream it all feels and seems real. Any advice or interpretation would be sgreatly appreciated. Thank you

    • Hi Laura, as you know from my post about snakes in dreams, the symbolism can vary widely. However, your dreams have a few defining features that help narrow down the possibilities. One, you’re on the phone with your mom when snakes appear. Two, you experience fear, so whatever the snakes symbolize is something you fear. Three, you’re bitten, in particular, on the hand.

      So let’s put those three observations together. One, the subject of the dreams is somehow related to your mom. Two, the fear is somehow related to your mom. And three, hands are used to take action, so being bitten on the hand can mean you need to take some sort of action related to fears about your mom.

      Let me tell you a story. I have a close friend whose mom has alzheimer’s. She noticed the symptoms many years before anyone else but was told she was overblowing a few slips in memory. Her instinct was right but she convinced herself it was wrong.

      Now, consider that snakes are instinctual creatures and perhaps your instincts are telling you something related to your mom. I’m NOT saying she has alzheimer’s or an illness, just that your intuition could be trying to tell you something and it’s wise to listen.

  14. I dreamt about a snake given to me as pet and gave it a name but I wasn’t really paying much attention to it so I just kept it in my make up box. And one day it wants to go out and I tried my best to keep it inside since there were visitors in our house and I didn’t want them to be afraid until the snake bit me so I decided to throw it outside my window where it has river on it. I watch the snake struggling to climb back to my window and suddenly it transformed into a man which I didn’t know and he was begging me to take him back but I told him he bit me twice. While we were having the conversation I was crying the whole time. He said he only bit me so he can get my attention and to remember his name again. I ended up taking him back cause I didn’t have much choice.

    • It’s fairly common for women who have been “bitten” in a relationship with a man to dream about being bitten by a snake. Question is, does the snake in your dream trying to get back into your life represent a specific man, or men in general?

  15. Last night I dreamed that I snakes were crawling over my body. They weren’t harming me, but I kept taking them off and they kept coming back. They were all sizes. I awoke in the middle of the night to find my legs raised up slightly from the bed. Then when I went back to sleep, I dreamed about an alligator. It was chasing me and trying to eat through a door to get to me. I’ve never dreamed about an alligator before. Then on my way to work, a bird hit my windshield.

    Right now I am going through an custody battle with my son’s father.

    • You have a good possibility for the meaning of the snakes and alligator. They are symbols of what you feel anxious about, and right now you’re anxious about the custody battle. To lessen the anxiety, picture the scenes with the snakes on you and the alligator chasing you, except now you can control your reaction. Try just sitting comfortably with the imagery, as if in a daydream. Breathe deeply and slowly and relax. Let the snakes crawl on you like it’s no big deal. It will subconsciously address the anxiety represented by the snakes, so if you feel comfortable with the snakes, you can feel more comfortable with the custody battle.

      It’s a Jedi mind trick and it works.

  16. Well written and very insightful! I wondered if you might interput the following dream for my husband. I have always been intrigued dream analysis. However, feel I’m to close to interpret this. And wouldn’t want to deliver false info.

    Dream: While he was sleeping in the bed was suddenly awakened only to realize, a light brown (tan) snake was slithering upward from the foot of the bed (under the sheets.) The snake positioning itself under the base of his neck to effortlessly attempt enter his ear (the left ear… I believe.)

    Thank you in advance for all your efforts!!

    • Hi Ann, well, the ear is associated with thoughts or suggestions, similar to the phrase “bug in your ear.” And a tan snake could be interpreted as the color and shape of the penis. Then look at the setting, in bed, a place where people have sex. Put the ideas together and the dream could be about thoughts related to sex. The possibilities expand if you consider the snake as a phallic symbol representing masculinity and characteristics related to it such as dominance and authority.

  17. I had a dream of a big big Brown snake who could talk. He is in my living room and trying to bite me through the tiny, zip lock bag I have him closed up in. Occasionally, he gets out, but I tell him to get back in the bag so I can close him up. He does curl himself up in the bagas he was instructed,he is just staring at me the whole time he wraps his snake body in circles several times. Then, he just starts trying to convince me to let him out of the bag. But I can’t because I know he is full of poisonous venom.He represent a man.Not sure who…

    • Hi Michelle, my guess too is the snake represents a man you try to keep at a distance or under wraps. Think about the males in your life who you don’t trust and I bet you will make the connection with the snake. The snake might represent men in general.

  18. I dreamt I was out with my friends from high school. I haven’t seen some of them in years, including an ex flame. We were all wearing our high school uniforms like a themed party. As I tried to go to the washroom with a female friend, we saw a lot of bullfrogs and insects on the ground. They shrieked very loudly and jumped out of my way while I was walking. Then I saw a long, thick, green snake with BIG yellow eyes blocking the washroom entrance. It had 2 very thin, green, long snakes entwined around it. I tried to move to another entrance and their eyes followed me. I was so afraid it was going to strike me although it was quite a few feet away. I’m deathly scared of snakes.

    • Hello Irene, the school uniforms makes me think the dream could relate to group conformity. I also get that idea from the main snake with its two buddies. It could represent a person with their henchmen, or a group and its tenets. Ideologies and religions can be represented as snakes and symbolized as people all wearing the same uniform. I wrote about a dream, “Big Ass Tree of Snakes,” that involved multiple snakes forming into a living tree that protected people in return for their obedience, and the dreamer attacking the tree. It symbolized breaking away from a religious cult. I’m not saying that’s the case with your dream, but I’d begin with the idea of feeling watched and threatened by a group of people.

  19. I dreamt I was an Indian woman (it was me but then it wasn’t me in my current physical form) brushing aside all different kinds of snakes aside, afraid being bitten, but nothing was aggressive. Most if not all of my current snake dreams are some version of this: snakes are escaping from their enclosures to come to me but I am utterly terrified. I kid you not at a pet store a person brought his snake collection and one of them named Mercedes caught my eye and slithered up to me from the back of her tank – she was still enclosed though and I was terrified but curious at the same time. I opted to hold the tarantula skin instead

    • If this was my dream, I’d ask if I am being pulled toward some sort of personal transformation. Snakes can be symbols of transformation because they shed their skins. Indian women are perceived as being close to nature and innately spiritual. I have seen this sort of dream in people who have an inner impulse to explore a more natural spirituality, which takes them out of their comfort zone. They try to enclose those thoughts within known belief structures and even reject them based on ideology or belief, but these sorts of instinctual movements from deep within a person will find a way around artificial constraints.

  20. Hi I just had a dream about a small green snake that my dog had found and was barring it in in the dirt I wasn’t scare I was worry because I didn’t know if my dog had gotten bitten

    • The symbolism could tie together the idea of the snake being a minor threat along with the dog representing friendship or loyalty. So the question to ask is, do you perceive a threat to a friendship? Or are you being pulled in two directions when it comes to a friend?

  21. Had a dream that snakes was coming after me and others, trying to kill me. I know right know there is a lot going on in my life. I have two grown young men. Can you tell me what this mean. There was no color of the snakes. Big snakes…

    • It’s hard to tell just from the snakes in the dream, though your reaction says a lot. You think about how much you have going on in your life. Perhaps the snakes represent fear of overlooking something (snakes are sneaky and easy to overlook).

  22. Hello, I wonder if you could help me. I’ve had two unsettling dreams recently. In the first dream i was in my mums old house with my mum & husband & there was a big pale yellow snake in the house, I completely freaked out & we all tried to catch it, eventually my husband caught & killed it. The second dream was yesterday, there was a small red & green snake in our bedroom, I was told it was poisonous, me & my husband tried to catch it but couldn’t as it kept hiding, I was terrified of it.

    What could these two dreams possibly mean? Please help as it’s driving me crazy, never dreamt of snakes before ????

    Many thanks in advance

    • There’s not much to go by to decode the symbolism of the snake. Being in your mum’s old house could be a way of saying that you are revisiting the past — something going on presently in your life or yourself is connected with that time of life. Or maybe it’s a way of saying that you are seeing something in her that you saw back then. Your husband catching the snake might symbolize that he has control of the situation. Or thought of another way, the snake symbolizes fear and your husband catching the snake means that you feel safe around him.

      These are just ideas to consider. Really what I should be doing is suggesting that you look back at my post and go through the decoding process. Fully picture the snakes in your mind and pay attention to how you feel about them. Watch how your body reacts to them. In some dreams, snakes are good. You can tell generally what a snake symbolizes by how you react to hit. You say you are terrified of the snake in the second dream. Begin there and ask yourself if you have reacted similarly lately to something else in your life. Remember that because snakes are feared, they can symbolize something you fear. And judging by your reaction, it’s something you really fear.

      The only other observation I have for you is your husband is in both dreams and in both cases is helping you with the snake. Perhaps something you fear involves him. Like, are you trying to have a baby (snakes are commonly associated with fertility)? Have either of you had health issues lately? You already know deep inside yourself what the snakes symbolize. After all, you are the one that created the dream!

      • Thank you so much for your reply, it’s really helped me & it all makes sense now, it made so much sense when you mentioned fertility. When you mentioned that i thought about the first dream in my mums old house, in that dream the snake was on the stairs & I was terrified of going past it, back ground info is that when I was 18 (12/13 years ago) I found out I was pregnant in my mums bathroom, the pregnancy didn’t last & I nearly lost my life (it was an ectopic pregnancy). I was just as terrified then as I was in my dream, I think the snake in my first dream was on the stairs to stop me from going upstairs to the place where the most terrifying event in my life started. The second dream, of the snake in our bedroom in our current home? That could most certainly also relate to fertility & fear too, I’ve struggled with infertility ever since the ectopic pregnancy all those years ago, I tried to conceive with my ex partner after the ectopic for about 7yrs, myself & my now husband also tried for 3yrs before finding out a couple of years ago that the fertility problem is me (I have poly-cystic-ovarian-syndrome & scar tissue due to the ectopic removal years ago) fertility is a big worry in my life & an operation is needed but I’m also facing that the operation could result in my only hope being IVF :( & my husband does help me with the emotions of it all & I am so scared that if & when I do get pregnant that I will go through another ectopic pregnancy. it was the most awful experience of my life.

        Anyways sorry for babbling on, I just want to say thank you so so so much for replying, it really made me think harder about the dreams & connect the clues on what my dreams could be showing me. Your reply really helped me & now my mind is at ease :)

        Have a lovely day

        From Roessa

        • The presence of your mom in the dream gave me the thought about fertility. Plus, snakes are used in fertility rituals.

          You might try making nice with the snakes in your dreams. You don’t have to wait till you’re dreaming. Just use your imagination to see the snakes and imagine how you can make them your ally. It releases subconscious energy that can work wonders for body and mind. Good luck!

  23. I was awoken last night by a dream of a tiny green snake that would not leave me alone. It had bitten me on my thigh and on my hand. I wasn’t running screaming from it or anything. It was more like a little annoyance that finally woke me up. Wasn’t able to fall back to sleep for a few hours. Started dreaming again, started off as a movie. Like watching actors break into someone’s house, I hide, but realize I have a gun and can fight. Then out of no where another green snake came almost flying at me. That’s when I woke up again.

    • It’s seems like something is trying to get your attention. Perhaps some small irritation or annoyance is getting to you, or something you have been ignoring is in the back of your mind. A bite on the hand in a dream can mean that you need to take some sort of action.

  24. I dreamed that I was walking and I see a lot of people running so I go see what they running for. I ended up running into one of my coworkers she tells me it’s a big snake over the in the garbage can so I go see she saying don’t go so I goes around there thinking it was like one the snakes off python it was one but not that big it was long but it like different colors to on it. So it actually stop doing what it was doing and ran straight towards me than I gotten scared and woke up…what that dream means

    • Well, a python is a constrictor snake, not a biter, so that’s one clue. Constricting snakes can symbolize constricting situations or patterns. Like, sometimes people are too strict with themselves. They constrict themselves. The other big clue is the snake is in a trash can. That might mean that it symbolizes something that isn’t valued. You know, pythons are really strong creatures. Perhaps the dream is showing you that you have strength you don’t use. It might be physical strength, but more likely a dream speaks to personal strength. You say the python isn’t that big, but did you get the impression it is strong?

      • Last night I dreamed that a snake was in my home. I wasn’t afraid of it but I was trying to get away from it and every room I went into and close the door it’s like it would slither in somehow. It was really large, thick & long.. a White / greyish color with red and green on it. I am dealing with some rather stressful situations in my awake life , as well as some areas of uncertainty. I’m also desire more male interaction and just affection in general like that of close friends. Please tell me what you think the the dream could have meant?

      • Last night I dreamed that a snake was in my home. I wasn’t afraid of it but I was trying to get away from it and every room I went into and close the door it’s like it would slither in somehow. It was really large, thick & long.. a White / greyish color with red and green on it. I am dealing with some rather stressful situations in my awake life , as well as some areas of uncertainty. I’m also desire more male interaction and just affection in general like that of close friends. Please tell me what you think the dream could have meant?

        • I find that snakes in the dreams of women can symbolize “men issues.” I remember a series of dreams a woman had about snakes trying to get into her house, or getting in and hiding under furniture and such. The key to understanding the dreams is in her reactions to the snakes, and I think that applies to your dream too. You aren’t afraid of the snakes. And you try to shut them out. You say you desire platonic male interaction, but are you finding that sexual tension always gets in the way? If so, the snakes are a sort of phallic symbol. Notice the color of the snakes and the way they move….

  25. I dreamt of a truck crashing and I ran to rescue the driver, she did not die but instead she had tiny snakes on her body. Plenty of them, I ended up suferin 4rm dem but I managed not to be affected wth dem

    • To understand a dream like this, begin with your thoughts and associations with snakes, specifically the snakes in the dream. From your description it seems like you might be trying save someone you know from harming themselves, or to recover from some sort of setback. The dream character in the crash could symbolize someone you know, but also consider that it could be a projection of yourself.