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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1312 Responses to Snake Spirit Animal

  • Ih

    2 Colorful snake?

  • Cay Cay

    I hardly ever dream..ever! But one night i dreamed of a big scaly brown, black & beige snake. It was huge! However, the snake appeared to be staring @ me & the background scenery was a beautiful waterfall. I was sure this dream meant something bad..maybe even death! But now I feel different. Maybe the dream meant something totally different! I sure hope So..

  • Chris

    I had dream I was swimming in a lake with some random person other events happened before that hanging with people I don’t know that’s what led to me swimming in the lake but as I was swimming a head and a tail were swimming beside and I asked the person with me what is that she replied it’s a belly and I said I thought it was a snake and she said it is I freaked out we both swam for shore it just swam beside us it was like a huge snake it wasnt coming after us it came on shore to and just stayed under a tree what does this mean….it didn’t hurt us or anything I fear I have terrible phobia

  • Anonymous

    I dreamed about having a gel like egg picked out of my hair and when it was in hand it started forming into a red orange black snake it was a baby snake and I got scared and wanted to cry and just kept checking my head and just got up trying to figure it out…

  • Julia

    I dreamed I bought a large green snake. I knew it was poisonous but I let it go in the garden all the same. It would come to me when I called it, either through hearing it’s name or through the vibrations I made as I called. I noticed many more snakes when I went to look for it, but they were different than my snake, mostly brown and scaly. When I came back to it again I noticed it now had two heads, and I told myself it was splitting into male + female so it could breed. I met a friend (whose husband has recently died in real life) and told her about the snake. Together we climbed into a rickety tree house to get away from it, but halfway up I felt something and found it was somehow inside my sleeve. I can’t remember if I was worried about it biting me or not.

  • bernadette

    I am dreaming now.i waking up because im afraid my dream..a snake in the wall steady..im getting a machete or large knife i cut the heads of snake but the snakes run away..after that the snake came back in the wall and stay with no actions like sleeping snake…what is the meaning of this dream situition???

    • Robyn Lee

      A snake with its head cut off is a symbol of something going on that you’re blind to. If you’re trying to cut the head off, it’s likely to mean you’re trying to turn away from a problem or situation you’d rather not be aware of. A symbol of something important you’re keeping yourself ignorant of and won’t face head on. The snake returning asleep means the information or situation isn’t going to go away no matter how hard you try to avoid it.

  • Melissa Albrecht

    I had a dream that a person had a baby rattle snake I think all things are beautiful but I would not let a baby rattle snake loose because I wouldn’t want to get bit because they release all of their venom (I know this) But this person who I could not make out in the dream kept putting the snake close to me and I remained calm and was surprised that I did not get bit the snake crawled fast threw my clothing I was uncomfortable (I was concerned that the snake would come to a tight spot in my clothing and bite) but I remained calm and was relieved that the snake did not bite or rattle.  The person took the sanke back to my relief I thought that this situation was over, but Then the person held the snake right up to my face witch I was not to keen about and it kissed my nose I was again surprised and relieved that the snake was so friendly.  Would like to know what this means.  Thank You

  • S.

    I dreamed i were staying with family when nearing morning I received a call with an invitation to breakfast with a guy I have been seeing for many years but have not established a full relationship with.  The call came from his best friend on his behalf. I worried about how long it would take to get ready and meet as I was on the other side of town and that I may miss the opportunity I had waited so long for.
    As I went to leave I saw the largest longest dark but not black snake I have ever seen, blocking the exit and slowly winding its way in my direction.  I’m terrified of snakes. I rushed to find another way out it seemed to follow my every direction, to no avail I decided to brave the snake and opened the main door out ~ it lunged through the doorway.
    As I attempted to slam the door I jammed the snake. I knew I hadn’t killed the snake as the door just jarred and bounced off it. Instead of continuing for me, I couldn’t believe how it retreated.  At that moment the phone rang to say they had to order without me and couldn’t wait any
    longer. I told them to go ahead that I would be there soon and had been slightly held up.  I woke before knowing if I made it to breakfast.

    What does that mean?

  • Aja

    This snake dream is very personal, I have a pet Python and he’s wonderful and last night I dreamt that I was sitting in a living room next to large window, it was storming, I heard a tap and there was deuce at the window, when I opened it to let him in he was bleeding, I had been storming and lots of snakes had kind overtaken the area, he was trying to defend me but got hurt and came home knowing i would take care of him.  I tended to his wounds but couldn’t stop the bleeding.  Soon more snakes, large and small (m his friends) were all tapping at the window with their noses, they had followed the scent of his blood.  I had to go so i gave him to my husband to take to the vet.  When I returned I asked how he was and he told me he had dies, I wanted to bury him with a funeral but he said he just left him on the corner to decompose.  I ran outside and when I reached the corner two teen boys had just found him and were about to stomp him.  I freaked out and ran over screaming not to hurt him, I had to bury him.  I got him and held his lifeless body in my arms and cried so much my husband woke me up because i making weird sounds.  I immediately went to him and held him and he’s ok but the rest of the night was filled with reptiles escaping, iguanas or snakes and odd arrangements of cages and one time i accidentally let a small iguana get eaten by a bunny. I found his cage and sobbed again as it was full of blood.  I love the snakes but they keep escaping or getting hurt or getting murdered by family members.  Or stolen.  I want my snakes back!!

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