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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1330 Responses to Snake Spirit Animal

  • Kelly

    While having an important conversation with my partner about shifts (the kinds that are exciting and scary at the same time) in our relationship, a small garter snake slithered near me in the grass.  I didn’t notice him until he moved the grass close enough to my foot for me to feel it.  My partner read to me the information on this page, and we were both struck by the ties to transformation, healing and staying grounded.  It was a surprising reminder of the things that we need to focus on at this time.

  • Cat

    In 2 consecutive nights, I dreamt of snakes. I’m so afraid of reptiles that even a toy snake can freak me out. But I wasn’t even afraid of snakes in my 2 dreams and I’m surprised when I woke up. I was being head hunted and still deciding if I should change my job. But instead of being frighten (since I’m so scared of reptiles) I felt so calm. Why is this so? Is it a sign to tell me I should go ahead with this new job (which I know will be more challenging than my current job)?

    • Mike

      Most likely yes. Snakes transform by shedding their old skin when they outgrow it and in your situation this fits. A new more challanging job may be what you need at this time to grow.

  • Bobbie

    I dreamed of being in my bedroom and looking up from my bed there was a snake on my ceiling. I went to get help but there was a larger snake curled up asleep in th corner of the room. There were also two smaller snakes green fighting to get on my bed and get me.i tried to get the person in the next room to help me but he was asleep and I couldnt get help. I woke up afraid.

  • Anonymous

    I had a dream about two snakes last night, I was holding one in the middle, it was on the ground and I was above it holding it, it was very small, in the distance another snake (huge was wrapped around the shoulders of someone) when it came into view of me, the small snake reacted really badly, wriggling so I could barely hold it and opening its mouth threateningly, it calmed down when the large snake went out of its view, my deceased husband though was deliberately encouraging the large snake into view so as to get the reaction of the smaller one, I am in the throes of devastating grief at the loss of my husband who passed away nearly a year ago, it is a very difficult time and I am trying to decide what to put on his headstone, a particular member of his family has been really horrid and is causing problems for me about the headstone, is there a message here in this dream.

  • midlife lady

    I am American Indian early 40 female, been through so much in my life; wife mother divorced and moved on now. In the past I have dreamt of snakes, but in different manners. Some were obvious of what they meant, some were just in calm snake pits or snake swamps rather, but not harmful, some would speak and upon waking up, I would know what the snake said weird yes I know. I might also add I am a person who tries to stay in tune with self, know what my body is telling me. Sometimes dreams or visions of upcoming events, good bad or just random things. Anyway, been stressed (emotionally, physically, mentaly, financially, any kind I have been at boiling point) lately and last night as I first fell asleep it was dark, there where some trees, and grass with a road; a dirt road I think. It appeared I was walking at some point but at this moment I was standing, just looking ahead and to my left was this dark snake. It’s head was about waist height to me and it was not small yet not exactly large, but big enough to notice, it hissed at me once like it wanted to strike but stopped.
    I woke up and was alarmed at first then felt calm as I thought the snake must be warning me that someone that I have either recently just let in, or someone that I am learning to trust again, or someone I thought for awhile was a friend either way someone is about to bite me. Earlier today I took a short nap and had a dream of nothing (meaning no details visiable) but i felt concerns that I was in poor health. Not sure if they are conected in anyway, but wondering anyone could possibly relate or offer any thoughts opinons or insight.

    • M.S

      Snake incoming to you to offer healing and transformation. The fact that snake seemed a little aggressive may mean that snake may be urging you to pay attention to the events happening in your life and your feelings surrounding these events. The healing you are searching for may be in the challenges you are facing.

    • Mike

      Snakes are also often a symbol of healing taking place or needed. One of the archetypes of the south, she teaches us to shed our past as she sheds her skin so it can also be transformative in nature. Sorry but while typing this I got a channeling which is related to both for you/your need to heal is related to releasing your past and moving forward. You have outgrown the old things and need to focus on your present while releasing the past that holds you back. I can be reached at dreamoftheshaman.com

  • amber

    I have never dreamt of a snake ever – that I can think Last night was the first time. It was this beautiful shimmering blue / green snake and it sprouted legs as it moved. It was odd, we were camping in an RV and I shut the door before it could get in.

    I’ve been working towards changing my career all together, but work part-time in my current career, and all of a sudden 2 days ago was given a full time job offer with a lot of flexibility etc etc adn i’m struggling with wether I should be taking it.

    Do you think this snake was a sign not to take the job and keep pursuing my other options? Or to take it ? or or or???

    I definitely woke up feeling like that had to mean something. it’s beauty amongst the drab surroundings in my dream was amazing.

  • Christopher

    Last night I dreamed about a python,and when i cut it, the severed part grew into another snake. It was scary as hell. I dont remember much more about the dream only that i was walking around and couldnt see it but i knew that it was around. I also remember seeing its huge head and i think it was snapping at me.

    • M.S

      This means to me that there is something very important that may have been ignored or overlooked. Snake is saying this is not going away the more you try to ignore or avoid or destroy it the more it will come. This situation must be seen and dealt with for healing to take place within. It also says that one should be very careful and think about the positives of the situation and lessons to be gleaned. A daily meditation practice would be great to give clarity and insight. If you do not already have one. 15 minutes in the morning and 15 before bed.

  • Anonymous

    Hi,
    My dream had a vivid red snake who was wrapped around the base of a pedestal table in the lower level of my home.  It wasn’t there at first but appeared there when I was ascending the stairs. I closed the door hoping I would prevent it from following me.  It then appeared to be traveling up my body.  I was not scared just shocked! The color of the snake seemed relevant.
    I am a busy mom of three girls, just starting a new business in Interior Design. I have been struggling with fear and anxiety over not failing. I sense there is a transformation here, but I don’t understand how to allow it
    to occur. I feel I am preventing it from happening.
    How do I use this information on snakes and is the red snake relevant to anything specific.
    J.C.

    • M.S

      Hello JC,
      Red is the color of the root chakra which may mean that within your psyche your feelings of security stem from being employed. Maybe just relaxing and allowing the transformation to fully occur is one message. Another is to pay attention. Snake symbolizes healing and transformation. The caduceus symbol for the medical profession is two snakes entwined around a staff. Which represents the power of healing. I would also if I were in your shoes, begin a meditation practice. Just 15 minutes in the morning and before sleep to just breathe fully aim on a count of 5hold on the inhale to 5 then exhale on a count of 5 and hold to 5 on the exhale. Then just breathe normally and bring your focus to your breath and its affect within your body. In Bliss beauty and wellness for the greatest good of all.

      • M.S

        Thank you, I will try some meditation.
        JC

  • Anonymous

    I have often found myself dreaming of snakes even as a child and over the years I have found that these dreams often relate to some form of triumph/success. For example the winning of a case or passing of exams with good grades.

    I am a hindu by origin and the snakes play a significant role in the religion. I was also born with the curse of two planets (ie Kethu and Rahgu) which is technically one with two parts. One representing the head of a serpent and the other the tail of a serpent

  • Jana

    My husband and I have had three very close encounters with three different deadly snakes since a very tragic accident I had six months ago where I broke my neck leaving quadraplegic and paralyzed for life. We cannot help to think these encounters have some meaning with regards to our life change post my accident. The snake encounter chain of events took place as follows:
    1) We were at a game lodge and found a Mozambique Spitting Cobra under our bed while were in bed.
    2) My husband was walking down a flight of stair on a wine farm where he stood on a Cape Cobra baking in the sun.
    3) Under my dressing table in my room at home we found a Puffadder
    Luckily we weren’t bitten or spat at, but we can’t seem to think these encounters are just coincidence, what does it mean?

    • Anonymous

      Three Times?  Killer snakes…….Not hurting either of you?…….
      Darling.  you are being called to heal.  NOW receive from creator.  Don’t try to figure out how.  The snakes have already told you it is done.

      • Anonymous

        I saw an alive snake for two consecutive days… what does this means?

  • angie

    i had a dream last night that a snake, very vibrant green with a white line down its back crawled out of a brush on the ground and slithered over to me, it scared me at first but then it kissed my big toe on my right foot and i woke up

  • Abbbbb

    I agree with the whole concept / notion that the snake is a symbol of awakening – I have been an atheist for many years and only yesterday I realized that I NEED to believe in something ! And I finally understood that it’s the psychological act of believing and having faith in “something” that shifts the human being into a positive and powerful state – NOT the actual third party symbol, notion, religious propaganda, statue or story or “something” all the bells and whistles that go along with each different sect of religion are just means to keep us confident and believing in whatever we were told to believe in – so the act of having faith is of the utmost importance, but not having faith in an incredible story or a statue is the key.

  • Anonymous

    Last night I woke up from a dream!! It was pitch black and the only thing I saw was a massive snake was absolutely huge!! Really scared me!! I went to turn the light on and it was no longer there!!

  • jeff

    Soo i had a dream that me and few random people were swimming in a calm river..the someone from shore came and convicted me for being a snake. But the random people and i were like “i
    Im not a snake..but then we went searching for it..as we swam the random guy from shore kept staring at me..i dove under water and had a sub conscious thought withi the dream..i knew i was the snake but i wasnt quite sure i was it also..but as we swam out we got to thislarge lake off to the side and for a split 5 seconds i was alone with the lake in snake form looki g out in the open water..the i came back normal and we left no one knowing why we were theree..ad that random guy jus dissappeared..

  • animal planet

    Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I to find It really useful & it helped me out much. I’m hoping to offer one thing again and help others like you helped me.

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