Snake Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info Editor

snake totem

The snake animal meaning is powerfully connected to life force and primal energy. In many cultures, it is revered as a powerful totem representing the source of life. When the snake spirit animal appears in your life, it likely means that healing opportunities, change, important transitions, and increased energy are manifesting.

What is the meaning of the snake spirit animal?

When the snake shows up as your spirit animal, it generally means:


  • Snake spirit animals represent healing
  • Transformation, life changes
  • The spirit of the snake is connected to life force, primal energy
  • A meaning for the snake spirit animal is spiritual guidance

The snake as a spirit animal can be to provide guidance about life changes and transitions, whether they are happening at the physical, emotional or spiritual level.


Snake spirit animals, symbols for healing

The snake is close to earth energies and represents life force. Since it’s a reptile, the snake spirit animal is reminiscent of unconscious drives and primal instincts. When the snake spirit animal shows up, pay attention to how you use your energy, and where you draw it from.

If you see the snake as your spirit or power animal, be sensitive to your healing abilities towards yourself or others. Cultivate sources of energy and support, especially as they relate to the earth and nature.

In ancient traditions as well as modern times, snakes are symbols of healing powers and opportunities. In the Greek mythology, Aesclepius, the god of medicine, is featured with two snakes climbing up a rod, the symbol of what is known today as the Caduceus.


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The snake and spiritual guidance

The snake can symbolize spiritual guidance. The presence of the snake in your life often means that you are in a period of transition and it points to ways promote your personal growth.

Snake could appear as a spirit animal when you are stepping into the unknown and need support to move forward. This animal is typically close to the ground and can remind you of staying grounded as you move through changes.

Dream interpretation of snakes

When a snake appears in your dreams, it most likely acts as an animal spirit guide inviting you to look at important facts or dynamics that are impacting your life. Snakes featured in dreams often leaves a strong impression on the dreamer: Such dreams tend to be frightening or disturbing because they call on strong unconscious energy.

Whether the snake spirit animal featured in your dream leaves a positive or negative impression, its presence should be considered as an invitation to look at positive changes and transformation.

The dark side of snakes in dreams

When the snake appears in your dream leaves you with a negative feeling, make sure you consider positive meanings as well. The snake spirit animal often appears in dreams as a warning about personal struggles and the need to pay attention to things or events that are escaping your field of awareness.

For instance, when you dream of being bitten or attacked by a snake, it could mean that you need to be careful about important matters you’ve been ignoring so far. If the spirit animal featured in your dream in the shape of a snake is chasing you, it may represent a challenging situation or relationship that you have been avoiding and is pushing you around.


The bottom line is that a dream featuring a snake invites you to check what in your life is “poisonous” and to look at important matters before they sneak up on you and create more damage or difficulty.

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1344 Responses to Snake Spirit Animal

  • Raven

    Hello there! I had a dream last night that a Black Mamba was chasing me in the water. There were other people with me but they kept telling me that everything would be alright. I thought it was weird that they weren’t scared or that the snake seemed to not be concerned with them. I was swimming from it because I thought that it was going to bite me but deep down I knew that it wouldn’t. It almost seemed as if it was trying to help me, even though I was terrified. I’m guessing whatever it is trying to show me is concerned with my emotions, since we were in water, though there was one big rock in the water sticking out. If any of you have any thoughts on this, I would very much appreciate it seeing as I’m in a week where I’m either going to lose everything I have worked for, or I’m going to see miracles happen and become stronger than I have ever been. I’m definitely in a sink or swim/make or break time in my life. I don’t know if this helps, but today I was having a deep conversation with the Creator and in my side mirror a black feather was blowing in the wind. I have that feather now and I think it is connected to the dream.

  • Yongyi

    I had a very vivid dream about snakes, but I was semi-conscious and knew I was dreaming.

    First scene:

    I’m living in a big property. It was late at night. I know there’s someone, a stranger, sneaking around in the house. I tried to warn my house mates (not sure who they are) about the stranger but they couldn’t listen. Then I saw the stranger attack my one of my housemates. After a while, I broke free of whatever that was restraining me, and fought with the stranger. I used all my strength, and could feel that I twisted the stranger’s arms.

    2nd scene:

    After I think I won the fight, suddenly, I’m on a river bank, a very rocky one. I woke up and saw many snakes in the river, but they were still in the water. I raised my head and saw a guy seated beside me, trying to grab the snakes, one by one. I was wondering what he’s doing when it’s so dangerous. Turns out he was harvesting eggs from the snakes. The eggs were bright orange.

    Before I realised it, the snakes in the water were slithering out, onto the river banks. I saw a snake biting the guy’s legs, and wanted to warn him, but he wasn’t bothered by it lol. Then I saw the snakes were coming out from around me, and one snake rose up and stared at me. It was bright orange, like cobra I think. Then I ran.

    3rd scene:

    The snakes were chasing me into some land opening in the forest. Suddenly, I had many helpers who came to my rescue. I told them to erect walls, so they miraculously put up high walls of concrete to block the snakes from coming in front of us. After a while, I thought we had won because there were no more noises outside, so the concrete walls came tumbling down. Then I wondered if the snakes will attack from the sides, like a sneak attack. Alas, they really attacked from the side, but they were attacking my helpers. I was very upset and suddenly took out a gun and shot all the snakes to death. Though it was satisfying the snakes were dead, I’m upset that my friends were also killed by either the snakes or my gun.

    Then I told myself to finally wake up, and so I woke up. It was 5 am.

    This was a really weird dream. Hope anyone can provide some interpretations of it.

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