Interpretation of Dreams about Snakes. Meaning of Snakes in Dreams

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Snakes in Dreams: Meaning and Interpretation

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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 snakes are also commonly 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 associated with a snake. If I say “snake,” you say “____?”

Of course, a lot depends on what type of snake, right? How 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? What does it all symbolize, and how does it fit together as a story about you?

This is how you figure out the meaning of a snake in a dream, the same general process that you use with any dream symbol. 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

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The actions in a dream speak volumes about the symbolism.

Let’s begin with a common use of snake symbolism. Snakes are known for being venomous. Think about the possibilities that idea can be stretched to speak to a way that something poisons your thoughts and feelings,or harms body, your heart, your spirit.  Venomous can mean “bad influence.” A person can be mean as a snakeis a bad influence, or says things that hurt. Everyday comparisons between people and venomous snakes are common so it’s an easy connection to make. They strike with fists or words or schemes. They wound.

That use of the symbolism will stand out in the dream-story. The snake will be venomous. It will bite, or you will fear it biting you.

If the snake is not venomous, does not bite and inject venom, or does not provoke fear, it’s probably not related to the symbolism of venom.

Venomous thoughts and feelings

dream venomous snakeThe 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. A negative ideology, belief, feeling or thought that works into your system is venomous.

“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 all day long and are fine. For other people it’s slow death. Some people can drink alcohol and it doesn’t bother them. Others can’t. It’s venom.

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 we can’t cover them all. The goal here is to show you ways that dreams use associations with snakes to create symbolism.

Snake Symbolism: Fear

fear of snakes in dreamsDreams make comparisons based on your 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 in your dream 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.

Dreaming about overcoming fear of a snake is a strong indicator of overcoming a fear in your waking life, too.

Snake Symbolism: Constriction

Constricting situations are comparable to the killing method of Boa Constrictors, Pythons and Anacondas. For example demands, obligations, and responsibilities can feel constricting. Situations in the work world can feel like a noose around the neck, sapping the life out of a person. Relationships can be constricting, as can feeling forced to live up to an image or expectation. People can become “ensnared” in all sorts of ways.

What better way of symbolizing something that constricts than with a snake?

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Now make the next leap and imagine how constriction by a snake in a dream can symbolize loss of circulation to a limb while sleeping, or to a blocked airway. And leap again to consider that the real story is told in the dream symbolism of the body part affected. Dreaming about a snake wrapped around your neck, for example, could be a sign of a constricted airway, sleep apnea.

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 near. 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 and to describe how you feel, or an addiction, or an all-consuming desire.

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Snakes in Dreams: Meaning and Interpretation

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!

Author J.M. DeBord. I know a lot about snakes in dreams.

The possibilities covered so far are all negative, but snakes are marvelous works of evolution that have many positive associations ripe for use as dream 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 to have abundant children 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. Associations with good health 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.

Green snakes in dreams are particularly fortuitous because green is associated with nature and growth. Again, though, judge by how the snake is used in the dream-story.


Carl Jung’s View of Snakes in Dreams

A snake bite, especially a bite on the wrist or hand, is known in certain dream interpretation circles 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” and he identified snakes as the most common symbol of transcendence, meaning “rising above” the ordinary life and becoming a complete person. They are creatures of the underworld, and in the dreams the underworld means the unconscious mind, where the desire and energy for personal transformation arises.

I encountered the association in the dreams of a friend. 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 in her waking life, 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 it creates compound symbolism combining the symbolism of the arm, a symbol of strength and preparation, with the hand, a symbol of taking action or connecting. In this sense, a snake bite on the wrist is a call to action to bring out your inner strength.

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Snake Symbolism: Mother Nature’s Natural Healer

The snake is connected with nature, which goes through cycles, and with instincts which we all have for renewal and health. 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. Associate with those ideas and you can see possibilities for how they can symbolize personal sensitive to the subtle signs from your body and your environment.

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The snake emerges from the forehead to represent activation of the “Third Eye.”

Another 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.

Snake as Phallic Symbol

Snakes’ long, cylindrical shape is associated with the penis, making them 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.

phallic symbols everywhereAs 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 — symbolism for 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, or life in the body. 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.

Dream: Snakes get into my house

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 attractive 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 similarly about guys hitting on her or the thought of sex. 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! Another way of looking at it is the cold can symbolize being viewed as “frigid” if she handled male energy less tactfully, but I don’t think it applies to this dream.

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 an association doesn’t feel right to describe the snake in your dream, 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. Only you know what it really means.

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108 Responses

  1. MJ says:

    I had a dream a few days age, I just rememeber 2 snakes in 2 differnet boxes, but the boxes was houses and they were just popping their heads in and out of the boxes. I wasn’t afraid in the dream but I just kept looking at each snake as it kept popping its head out of the boxes. I can;t remember if i was just going to walk around them. That’s all I remember

    • RadOwl says:

      It makes me wonder if you have two people you don’t like popping into your life. Most rooms in most buildings are basically boxes, so I get a picture of avoiding two people who are represented as the snakes. Or turn the dream around and think of the snakes as something about yourself that’s instinctual, has a tendency to strike, or stands in your way.

  2. Aanonymous says:

    I dreamt that a snake was a around my neck, however, in the dream I was not afraid and it seemed to be my friend it was not choking me at all. It was green and I remember sometimes you couldn’t see it cause at a point in my dream someone asked if the snake was still there and I said yes so I pulled down my t-shirt and let it show then I asked the person to feed and it did the snake pushed back a bit while eating in order to ensure that it did not hurt me … I woke up after that not in fear but I guess I was creeped out( I usually would be afraid of snakes)

    • RadOwl says:

      You see important signs in how you react to the scenario created by the dream. You aren’t afraid and you allow it something to feed from your goodness, you give something essential about yourself to others, or to someone in particular represented as the snake. Green snakes are associated most closely with health, and considering how you react to the snake, the dream could be about permitting a healing process in your body. While sleeping, the body repairs itself, and dreams can give a view into those processes and even make you part of the decision-making.

  3. Nick says:

    Dear Dr. Frasier
    Firstly let me start by saying a big thank you for reading and listening to so many people on this post and for your personal initiative.

    I have someone I really like, love and care for and I dream of being with her. We are just good friends and although she knows I like her, I don’t think she likes me back the same way (maybe its irrelevant here I don’t know). She happens to remember all her dreams and she mentioned to me that she had an early morning dream yesterday, that she was in a forest, and I was a bright green viper in the jungle and there were other snakes too on other trees in the dream. She was trying to escape slowly slowly, but she said that I bit her on one arm twice and another snake bit her on the other arm. She says they were definitely poisonous bites and they were quick. I assured that in reality I would never want to do anything even remotely discomforting to her. Its very disturbing for me and for some reason I am just thinking If I am a negative influence in her life, I genuinely like and care for her and express it often. What does it all mean?

    • RadOwl says:

      It’s not you, it’s your gender that she fears, I’d guess. She feels ensnared emotionally, even when a man’s intentions are the best. Or, she has a tendency to escape entanglements with men so she can live her life the way she wants to. Those are my guesses.

      Don’t take it personally that she dreamed about you this way. Use it as an opportunity to find out what she really fears. Also, a green snake in dreams tends to be used positively in the sense of being potentially good for a person, (green being a color of health and life and sometimes love) but being bitten by a poisonous snake implies a big challenge before any benefit can happen.

      And by the way, thank you for the thank you. I really appreciate when people notice what I do. Visit my other dream interpretation site and tell me what you think.

  4. Sadai says:

    Hi my dream involved me driving in my car with my daughter ( who passed away a while back ) and someone else I think it’s my nephew but I am not sure. The snake is wrapped around my car and is black. As I am trying to drive away my aunt shouts at me to stop and the other person with her shouts at me me too to stop and I don’t know what to do as I am afraid of snakes… so I rev the car to and fro and my aunt and this other person are shouting at me and I don’t know what to do… and I wake up. What could it mean?

    • RadOwl says:

      The snake symbolizes something to you that’s affecting the progress of your life, symbolized as driving the car. The shouting about stopping could mean stop doing something. Black is a color of grieving, and grieving your daughter must be hard (Sorry to hear about your loss; we lost a close family member last year.) A black snake sure looks to me like a symbol for death, and if you ask from my perspective what could be affecting where your life is going, it’s grief. You’re trying to drive away, perhaps a way of saying you don’t want to deal with it. Or you’re saying to yourself that it’s OK to not avoid it anymore, or you’re ready to move on.

      Here’s a link if you want to learn more about: decoding dream symbolism

  5. Peu says:

    Hi Dr. Fraiser! I wanted to share one of my dreams with you. I just woke up from it. In this dream, I see two snakes ( pythons?). They are roaming around in a room which I feel in the dream to be mine, but in real life I have never seen that room. So, these two snakes roam about in the room, and I am avoiding them. They probably don’t even know that I am there. One of the things that I remember vividly is I drink water from a cup because I am thirsty and go stand on top of some furniture. One of the snakes go up to the same cup and drink a droplet of water trickling down the cup. Eventually, both of them get out of the room one after the other through big windows in the room. I see lots of trees outside ( forest?). After getting out, one of them constrict and engulf a deer and the other a giraffe. The other thing that I remember vividly is how the giraffe struggled while going inside the weirdly big mouth of the second python.
    Also, this is not the first dream involving snakes. The weird thing is that I don’t remember any other dreams when I wake up, but I remember only those dreams that have snakes in them. What would be your interpretation?

    • RadOwl says:

      Wow, that’s some tough dream imagery for me to guess at the meaning. Because of the reference to water, I wonder what you are really thirsty for? Water in dreams can mean “spirit,” and thirst can mean “thirst for spirit.” Notice that the snakes go outside after drinking from the same cup, and they enter a forest. That could be a way of saying you are thirsting to be free, to experience the wild, something like that. Instead, you feed this part of yourself things that don’t quite fit the need. See what I mean? For example, instead of going for a hike in nature, you watch nature shows on television. It’s not what you really need.

  6. Ash says:

    I dreamed I saw a huge brown snake on the road and it was heading towards where my children were playing. Whilst I was running to get my children, a car ran over the snake on the road.
    The next image was the snake lying dead. My son was trying to touch it but it woke and was trying to bite him. I stepped in front of my son and was bitten twice on my left hand and once on my left arm. When I actually woke up my left hand and arm were sore.

    • RadOwl says:

      It’s amazing how the body reacts to dreams. I know of causes where people woke up with welts and bruising and it’s not due to sleepwalking or anything like that. What the mind believes to be real becomes real. To interpret your dream, begin with the fact that you’re trying to protect your children. Anxiety dreams among parents of young children are common because of how much could go wrong so suddenly. Good parents are super diligent with their kids. Your dream could be saying that you thought you had taken care of something that posed some sort of threat to your children, but turns out the threat still exists and now you’re beating yourself up over it. Think along those lines and search your memory anything that can be described the way I just described it. You might find the source of the dream.

  7. DT says:

    I have been dreaming about snakes for years, they frighten me so but they’re never trying to harm me ….they’re presence just frighten me. Well this week I had the same dream I’ve had before. A friend invites me to their hom but once I get there all colors and sizes of snakes are littered in the front yard, they pay me no mind but I’m so fearful and can’t walk past them to enter the friends house. Then 2 days later I dreamed my mom and her boyfriend(don’t know who he is) are arguing in her room, I’m there and I can’t remember if I begin to bolt to the bathroom because of the argument or I saw the big, long snake (black or brown and red) but as I make it to the bathroom for safety and shut the door the man my mom is arguing with has the snake and throws it at me like a baseball to frighten me ….the snake was not agressive, it was just being used. The another dream I walked in my hallway and there were 2,snakes curled up but hanging from the ceiling and I was to fearful to walk pass.

    • RadOwl says:

      In your dreams, the snakes are used to symbolize an obstacle. Think of personal obstacle. For example, social anxiety is an obstacle to maintaining friendships, which could be what the dream means by placing snakes to block you from entering your friend’s house. The fear the snakes spark in you is a key detail because the snakes themselves are not aggressive. Your reaction suggests that they symbolize a fear and perhaps at heart the fear has no basis in reality. It’s based on an anxiety or phobia.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I had a dream about a snake in my bed. I was in another part of my house and I walked into my bedroom. The snake slowly came out from under my dark blue sheet. I noticed his head and eyes only. It looked reddish and the face was pointy and squared off. I yelled for my husband and he did not come in. A lady walked in and she said let me see. She picked up the snake and it was small. It looked black and yellow spotted. It did not seem harmful but I was still scared. I kept a distance from it. I think the lady was there to help us clean our house.

    • RadOwl says:

      I see two critical details here. One, the snake is in your bed, and a bed is a close and intimate space. Two, the lady who handles the snake is there to clean house. Think of that statement figuratively. When you “clean house” it means you sweep away the debris from the past. You make a fresh start. Somehow this all involves your husband. As a character in the story, his actions (or lack of them) seem to say that something is being left up to you to do. Can you put 2 and 2 together here? My guess is there’s something about your marriage that needs to be cleaned up. Your bed is the space you share with your husband, right? Even if he sleeps in another bed, the symbolism could still apply as the idea of “marriage bed.” Again though, it’s just a guess.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you for your response. Truth be told, I am afraid of lies and secrets – something that has happend in the past.

  9. M. Frost says:

    I had a quite bizarre snake dream I am curious about. It was a venomous snake but I was hitting it over and over again with something and it suddenly had a kitten head and I felt sorry for it. So strange! I am not a fan of snakes and esp the venomous kind! I really think my dream relates to a long time friendship that is strained and likely no more. She can be very quick to anger and the relationship became unhealthy for me. But I also see her as very vulnerable and feel sorry for her….but I also have to take care of myself. I am guessing this dream has something to do with that……

    • RadOwl says:

      Oftentimes your initial thoughts about a dream turn out to be correct. Your dual perception of your friend shows in the dual imagery of the snake and the kitten.

  10. Ina says:

    My snake dream had conflicting emotions with it that i don’t exactly know how to interpret. In my dream I was in a car with a few other people, a rattle snake managed to get in the car, it wasn’t trying to be threatening. My initial thought in the dream was “this snake is poisonous, it should not be roaming free around people”,i felt as if the best solution was to grab the snake and hold it through out the whole car ride till it could be placed in a container. Im terribly scared the whole time, I feel foolish for trying to be brave and grab it. as i prepare to grab the snake, I’m thinking ” why are you doing this ? you’ve never caught a snake, if you don’t do this right on your first attempt its going to bite, and poison you”. i decide on grabbing the snake just below the head, thinking it wouldn’t be able to bite me if i hold it there. as i grab it and hold it I’m so scared because I don’t know how well ill be able to constrain the snake. Then without any difficulty at all, the snake opens its mouth and inserts its fangs on the top of my hand, ” i was wrong ” is all i can think. Im over come with horror and defeat as anticipate the fatal poison to enter. with its fangs still implanted in my hand i watch my skin turn purple, and I’m just so scared how its going to feel. I was surprised that it was warm, and numbing, in a pleasurable soothing way. i wasn’t scared anymore, I was just calm and very accepting of the experience, even though i felt like an idiot for trying to make the situation safer for everyone when i knew nothing about handling snakes.

    • RadOwl says:

      Driving in a car in a dream can connect symbolically with the day to day activity of your life. It can connect with ideas such as “going places in life” and “need to get somewhere.” It can connect with something about you that’s a regular part of yourself, such as a habit or tendency. Look at the dream that way and ask yourself if it’s your habit or tendency to do things that make other people feel safe, while bearing in mind that “safe” in a dream can include emotional and spiritual safety. The dream gives a clue when you are bitten by the snake. It can mean something like “I am harmed when I try to protect other people.” Notice also that the dream isn’t trying to harm anyone when you feel the need to take it on. Also, you think you know the correct way to handle the snake but your plan backfires.

      Begin with those ideas and ask if they fit your habits and tendencies. Perhaps there’s a message here to address a tendency to intervene when it’s not necessary.

      You should also closely monitor your health. Snakes in dreams are known to connect with subjects related to health. You could be getting a message here that something you are doing as a preventative measure is actually causing harm to your health.

  11. Paula says:

    I remember I was walking down the road that I used to live on when I was younger. Not really sure where I was going but I noticed on both sides of the road were tan long snakes. Some were huge and others were medium length. I did some research and it looks like a tan boa constrictor. I wasn’t scared at first while having the dream I was more in awe that there were that many snakes and all dead. That is when I got scared and started running because I was worried what if they all aren’t dead. I woke up before I saw if any were alive.

    • RadOwl says:

      I see two details to focus on here. One, the type of snake is a constrictor, and you know from my article that constricting snakes can symbolize constricting situations and circumstances. Two, you worry that the snakes aren’t all dead.

      Begin there with the idea that it could symbolize something you hoped was over and done with but you worry it’s not. For example, let’s say that you used to get into constricting relationships and left that time of life behind. You’ve walked further down the road of life and feel good about leaving behind something negative, which is a way of interpreting the opening scene from the dream. A road from when you were younger can mean “a path in life I used to walk.” I say relationships, plural, because you encounter not just one snake but many of them. The snakes could represent anything that you got entangled with: the wrong crowd, a religious group, drug abuse, promiscuity. I use relationships as an example because constrictive ones are commonly symbolize as constrictive snakes.

      So now, what does it mean to worry that some snakes could be alive? Well, maybe you recognize something happening now that could lead you back into a situation you don’t want to be in. It could be a situation or circumstance in your outer life, or could be a pattern in your thoughts and feelings. It hasn’t led to trouble yet, but you recognize the potential for it.

      This dream presents an opportunity to reflect on where you are at in your life and where you’ve been. Begin with a simple question to yourself: in what way do I worry about regressing?

      • Paula Dunklin says:

        I’m wondering if it has anything to do with an issue that I have been having. My husband and I have been trying to have kids. Well I just recently found out that my progesterone is extremely low. So the doctor put me on some hormone pills. The first time it didn’t work but the second month did. I go tomorrow to do more blood work and I’m nervous to see the results. I’m wondering if the snakes represent my thoughts. Wondering if this medicine is still working or not. I don’t know, just a thought.

        • RadOwl says:

          My reply is late but yeah, your idea appears to pull together the details from the dream. Snakes have associations with health and reproduction. How’d the results of the blood work turn out?

          • Paula Dunklin says:

            The blood results were great. Before I started the medicine my levels were 0.6 and now thanks to the medicine it is 28.8. My level is supposed to be at 10 or above. So I’m heading in the right direction. :)

          • RadOwl says:

            That good news. Next, monitor your dreams for anything related to pregnancy, especially about pregnancy tests. Check out my article about dreaming that you are pregnant or give birth. It’ll show you what to watch out for.

  12. Laurel says:

    Very interesting article. I dreamed last night of a snake that was colored like a water moccasin, and had the flared hood of a cobra. It was a very large snake. I was unafraid, yet I was bitten just above my left ankle, then the snake slithered up towards my chest and bit me just above my left wrist. I had no pain.
    That’s all I remember about the dream. I literally woke up thinking, “Well that was odd!” I’ve dreamed of being bitten by a snake once before this. Almost the same scenario, only the snake bit me in the stomach.
    I don’t have a phobia of snakes, just a healthy respect for them.

    • RadOwl says:

      The fact that you react calmly to fearful dream imagery is telling. My guess is you recognize subconsciously that the snakes represent something trying to get your attention. Since the dream theme recurs, whatever is trying to get your attention is probably something ongoing in your life. Perhaps you have personal potential you aren’t actualizing.

  13. Toni says:

    Last night dreamed of a python secured in a tied canvas bag. No fear. Very calm. Someone with me, not sure who, wanted to cut the snake’s head off while it was still secured in the bag. I was against it but didn’t say anything. I just kept trying to visualize what the snake looked like.

    • RadOwl says:

      You have done half the work by noting your reaction to the snake and the prospect of cutting off the head. The head in a dream can symbolize ideas such as “leader” and “thoughts.” The key to the dream is the snake is secure but someone else wants to kill it. It’s an overreaction. Begin there and analyze your recent life. Can you identify where you are someone you know overreacted?

  14. Aniema Udofa says:

    Hello Dr. Frasier, l dreamt that a clear large snake was put across my husband and my chest while we slept on our bed. The tail part was on his side while the head side was on my side of the chest. This was last week. Yesterday l saw again this time, my husband laid down and a large black snake slowly crawled down besidr him as if to separate him . I was not lying down in the second dream with him.

    What does all this symbolize?

    • RadOwl says:

      LOL, yes, I’m listening.

      Look at the action of the dream and the symbolism of a snake that both connects you to your husband and separates you. Since snakes can be symbols of fear, begin by asking yourself if you fear that something will separate you from your husband. Think expansively about what separation can mean. It can mean the relationship splits, but it can also mean emotional, physical (sexual or intimate) or spiritual separation. How do you react when you sense your husband is not fully engaged with you? I know from experience that picking up a signal like that can lead to thoughts about something wrong in the relationship that could spell trouble. But really it’s just part of the ups and downs and the work needs to be done within you to accept and adjust.

      This is Dr. Crane, wishing you the best. Feel free to follow up.

  15. Gayathri says:

    Today afternoon when I had a nap, I dreamt that me and my pet dogs are lazing in the garden with my family. A thin yellow and red spotted snake coils one of my dogs stomach. But I carefully holds the snake head and tail and uncool if and throw it away in the bush. What does that mean?!

    • RadOwl says:

      Think in simplest terms as removing something that’s constricting. Think of constriction in the figurative sense. Since your dog is in the scene, I wonder if you are “loosening up” when it comes to friendship or companion (your dog is your companion), or you removed a restriction. Since no specific friends are shown in the dream (except your dogs), my guess is the symbolism could connect with the idea or subject of friendship or companionship. How are you loosening up?

  16. Alison says:

    I had a dream last night that I can’t quite figure out. I got out of bed to go to the restroom. Upon entering the master bathroom, I walked past a rattlesnake. The rattlesnake was situated on my husband’s side of the bathroom (we have separate counters) and was curled up and his rattle was going. My dog was by my side. I was very afraid. I grabbed a bed sheet (no idea where it came from) and tried to throw it over the snake so my dog and I could escape. The sheet fell half over and half off the snake and I ran, but my dog did not. Instead, she grabbed the snake in her mouth (as if it were a toy) and ran around with it. She eventually dropped it after I was screaming for her to let it go and come with me. She didn’t appear to be bitten, but I swooped her up and ran her to the car to go to the vet. While driving, my brakes stopped working. I could not stop the car and it was going downhill. Slowly, though. My dog and I jumped out and I tried to save my car from wrecking anything by hanging onto the driver side door. Strangest dream I’ve had in a long time and I remember it vividly. Just trying to figure out what my subconscious is trying to tell me.

    • RadOwl says:

      Snakes have a variety of meanings in dreams, and a rattler has one particular meaning to consider because it rattles to warn you of the danger of getting too close. Start with the idea of a warning being given, then consider the detail about the snake being near your husband’s side of the bathroom. Dogs also warn of danger. Covering the snake with a sheet could be an action that symbolizes trying to hide the danger or warning, trying to ignore it or something like that. Something else that sticks out to me in this dream is the brakes in your car stop working. That can be a way of saying that you cannot slow down or stop the momentum of a situation…especially since you travel downhill at the time. That imagery can also say “decline.”

      Step back now and ask yourself if there’s something involving your husband, either in your relationship or your thoughts and feelings, that appears to be declining, you see the warnings signs but you can’t stop it.

      There are other ways of looking at the dream. Start with my suggestion and if nothing rings a bell, just think in general terms of being given a warning about something that’s in decline and can’t be stopped. I hope that helps.

  17. Heather says:

    I had a dream that my husband cheated on me (he did not in real life). I asked him to explain, he was tired and just told me it was a very important experience and fell asleep. Then, he went into a bathroom while I waited in a car with me best friend and another girl. The girl screamed out the window, “He cheated on her!” I was not at all thinking about leaving him and both my friend and I instead, talked about what a good man he truly is. And then the car went backwards up a big hill. I looked at my friend and told her my husband wouldn’t know where we were because we moved the car. We got out of the car and suddenly my left leg was anchored to the spot because a large glowing green snake was firmly wrapped around my ankle. I tried to move and shake it off. It was so green and even moist, then I saw his head and it was huge and he was staring at me. It terrified me me and all I could do was worry that it was venomous and I would be bitten and poisoned. I grabbed it’s neck and held it down so it couldn’t bite me. But I could feel it’s teeth attempting to bite and scraping the skin on my hand. I called for help and no one even bothered to try. I finally asked if anyone had a knife. A man came over and I asked him to sever the head. Instead, he cut the snake about a foot or 2 below the head. I knew it wouldn’t kill the snake and attempted to put the severed head half into a plastic bag. The snake began to thrash in the bag and then disappeared into thin air. I realized it was a spirit snake and knew that no one would believe this had happened because my proof was gone.

    I have dreamed in the past of bright green and it is associated with otherworldly phenomena. If this is a good omen, I fear that I somehow sabotaged it by being fearful and having the snake cut in half. If it was a spirit, what could the message be?

    • RadOwl says:

      Snakes are associated with health as well as something that’s harmful or even life-changing, so we have a wide variety of possibility for the symbolism of the snake in this dream. Green is generally associated with nature and growth, but the symbolism depends on the context. We’ll get back to that in a moment.

      What you could be seeing in the husband-character is a projection of how you feel. Are you tired? Are you desiring some sort of experience and feel it’s important? Do you feel like you are missing out on something? Then again, you could be seeing something in this scene that reflects how he actually is. Or it could be a metaphor for your relationship. Does something about it feel tired to you, or is it exhausting? Is there something about you that you feel like your husband is tired of dealing with?

      Dreams create scenarios sometimes for the feelings they elicit and response from you. It’s notable that you respond by defending your husband. Step back and ask yourself if there’s some way that you feel a need to defend him from accusations. Do people like your friends say he isn’t a good husband? Cheating can connect with a feeling of guilt. It can mean that something feels unfair, or just be a sign of something in the relationship headed the wrong direction.

      Wrong direction comes up again in the dream when the car goes backward. Think in general terms of “regressing” or “going backward.” If that describes your relationship with your husband, how is it regressing? However, my hunch is, because your husband is not in the scene, that moving backward is a statement about something going on with you. It makes me wonder if you have experienced some sort of setback in your health or personal life.

      Back to the snake. A telling detail is its wrapped around your leg — left leg. Left in dreams can mean “personal life.” The leg can’t be moved when the snake is wrapped around it, so perhaps this is symbolism for something that’s impeding your personal life. You call for help and no one comes — it could mean you are in a personal situation that no one can help with. You feel like you are close to having real damage caused to you.

      The scene with the man with the knife could show your own attempt to address whatever situation is the driving force behind this dream. A popular figure of speech about cutting off the head of a snake means to address a problem at its source. Instead, the man cuts below the head. Missing the source? The snake is not dead even though it’s cut in half. Step back and look at that scene as reflecting an attempt to solve a problem that doesn’t work because it doesn’t get to the source. If it’s something related to health, it can mean that you sought some sort of treatment but it isn’t getting to the root cause.

      Your reaction at the end says a lot, but what? You say you want proof. Step back and ask yourself what comes and goes and you don’t have proof. Mysterious health symptoms can be like that. I can remember times when I saw a doctor and wished symptoms would show up while I’m in the office. Otherwise, you can feel like you won’t be believed.

      I don’t think the snake was a spirit. I think the detail about it disappearing is symbolism for some sort of problem in your life that disappears when at a time when you need other people to notice it. I hope my ideas help you pin down the meaning and significance of this dream. It certainly appears to have an important message.

  18. Charles says:

    I dreamt of seeing a variety of snakes being kept in my house and a few got loose. My friend took 1 into the “snake room” and i spotted a rattle snake and decided to move it. As i was holding its head the snake became fearful and nicked rather than bite my right hand ring finger (because i can tell that it did not want to harm me ) i was in a state of panic but managed to draw the venom out my squeezing the wounded part. In the aftermath , the nicked are just become a little scarred but i was doing fine and the venom doesnt spread. The dream continues that on my way to hospital with 2 friends we stopped at a bench and decided to chit chat and a few men came and diaturbed us and we got into a fight and i woke up.

    Side note: currently i am unhappy with where i am in my life. Troubles with the folks as i am working with them and am not happy. I am in my late 20s and single. Feeling conflicted qith my situation too.

    • RadOwl says:

      A key detail of the dream is the snakes are kept in your house. That could be a way of saying what they represent is “close to home” or “part of my living situation.” Since you say you’re having trouble with the folks, I think that’s a good possibility for what the snakes loose in your home represents: trouble.

      The rattlesnake is the big trouble. It’s a dangerous snake, right? A key detail is the snake doesn’t want to harm you but you are injured while trying to handle it. Do you see a metaphor there? Who or what in your life has to be handled like a dangerous snake but is not in itself intentionally scary or harmful? Does that describe your folks?

      Another key detail is the wound. Physical wounds in a dream can represent personal wounds: psychological or emotional. Again, the key detail is it’s unintentional.

      Finally, look at the scene where you get into a fight. That’s another physical representation of a personal situation. It might simply be a way of saying you are having conflicts in your life or within yourself. It also appears to point you toward utilizing your friends for support.

  19. kaitlyn says:

    Last night i had a dream that my mom one of our good friends and I were sitting outside talking. I spotted a Scrub python. we knew they were not poisonous so we just stayed where we was and continued talking. The friend gets up and goes pick up the good snake and my mom ends up holding it after she puts it down a Blue-bellied black snake slithers across us so we all watched both snakes. both snakes are passing each other & the Blue-bellied black snake attacking and biting killing the Scrub Python. ??? what does this mean???

    • RadOwl says:

      This is the sort of dream imagery that’s so personal it’s hard to think of possibilities for what it could mean. Since you have two companions in the dream (mom and friend) and two snakes, perhaps they are related. Do you sense that something could come between you in your relationship? For example, your mom and the good friend have a falling out? Or something is going to harm the relationship, even if it’s not directly threatening? For example, someone is thinking about moving or making a big change in their life.

  20. Yasmin says:

    I dreamnt about i was in a beach with my two friends there was a pile of trees and branches at the side of the beach we went to there and we saw a snake and we thought it was dead but my friend took a stick and pushed it then it scare the hell out of me and it started chasing us from then i cant seem to see the snakes face then we ran into the water and i am not a good swimmer then my friends tried to teach me how to swim fast the snake was getting into the water then funny thing a horse gave me its paw to hold onto and he help me get far away but then i was not in the water anymore i was in my bedroom and my brother just left the room the i saw the snakes body i cant its face he was coming near me so many times trying to attack me i wa so scared of it then it came near my bed i pick it up and break it into pieces the snake felt like gummy then it was still alive i am shocked but then it came near my bed again and showed me his wound that unfortunately recovers fast but then i realize it was a trap to get my attention so that he can bite me but before it bite me i felt its neck under my pillow the i grabbed and stabbed it with a sharp thing for sometime and also when i was in the room i was always shouted my hrothers name asking for help after i stabbed the snake i ran downstairs and started scholding my brother saying that i shouted your name a hundred times asking for help and your watching tv.I cant understand what this dream means but yesterday night i was scared of getting schooled by my dad.

    • RadOwl says:

      The connection with you and your life could be revealed in your last sentence. “Scared of getting school by my dad.” Snakes in dreams can be symbols of masculine figures in your life or masculinity in general. With that in mind, the first part of the dream can be summarized as “confronted by something that scares me.” Put the two ideas together and you might be seeing in the dream your fear of your father or being scolded by him. Is he intimidating? If the answer is yes, I think we could have a good possibility for the meaning of the dream.

  21. K says:

    I dreamt of a snake in my front my garden but I couldn’t see it’s head; I went inside. The next day it was there but it had the head and front paws of a cute bunny rabbit with the body of a large snake. It even had bunny legs laying flat against the snake body. I was watching from the patio behind glass talking to someone , and it leapt to try to get in. As the door was glass it hit its face and backed off. It also didn’t hurt anything or anyone else in the garden. I felt safe but couldn’t understand the creature I was looking at

    • RadOwl says:

      The imagery of the snake and bunny combined gives me the idea that the creature could symbolize the perception of a male figure (or men in general, or male sexuality) as cute and affectionate. Like, maybe you like your men to be like that. However, you keep out the snake creature, meaning perhaps it represents something you won’t allow into your life or into your thoughts or feelings. Two, you feel safe. The garden setting is interesting. The Tempter in the Garden of Eden is a snake. A garden can also connect with ideas such as “peace of mind” and “tending to your inner life.” Sorry I can’t be more specific.

  22. Jatinder says:

    I had a dream of a cobra in the doorway what does it mean and another dream of 2 cat one black and white and Ginger bitting there necks one at a time and running after each other and this was last night worst night ever. Jo

    • RadOwl says:

      A cobra is a dangerous snake so to have one in your doorway can mean you feel like trouble is coming or at hand. Biting and fighting in a dream can symbolize arguing and bickering. Is that happening in your life?

  23. Marq says:

    I had a dream I was outside my house there were snakes everywhere, I wasn’t really scared my grandma was there but the snakes surrounded my feet, I didn’t move but I was electrocuted by the snakes an that’s a really complicated dream I don’t understand it…

    • RadOwl says:

      I often find that the best initial approach to a dream I don’t understand is to simplify the description of it. Sum it up in general terms. Your dreams can be summed up as “can’t move because of the potential for danger.” Movement in a dream can mean personal movement, as in movement in your life toward a goal or movement in your emotions. Question is, were you calm in that situation because your grandma was there? If so, what can you learn from her about feeling like you have the freedom to go and do what you want in your life?

  24. Amy F. says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  25. Johanna Carrasco says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  26. Kim says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  27. 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

    • RadOwl says:

      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 :)

  28. Indira says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  29. Chrissy says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  30. Mrs. Jackson says:

    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…..

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  31. Brittany says:

    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!

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  32. Angela Ladd says:

    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?

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  33. Cherry says:

    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?

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  34. Bret M says:

    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?

    • RadOwl says:

      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?

  35. Shantel says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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?

  36. Laura says:

    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

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  37. Mics says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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?

  38. Ari says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  39. Ann says:

    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!!

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  40. Michelle says:

    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…

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  41. Irene says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  42. Cassandra Jamet says:

    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

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  43. Lucy says:

    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

    • RadOwl says:

      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?

  44. polly says:

    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…

    • RadOwl says:

      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).

  45. Roessa says:

    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

    • RadOwl says:

      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!

      • Roessa says:

        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

        • RadOwl says:

          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!

  46. Nicole says:

    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.

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

  47. Shaneqka says:

    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

    • RadOwl says:

      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?

      • JamaicaChree says:

        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?

      • JamaicaChree says:

        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?

        • RadOwl says:

          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….

  48. innocent says:

    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

    • RadOwl says:

      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.

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