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Eating snakes Dream Meaning

Last Update : May 17, 2022

what is the meaning of dreaming that I ate a snake

It means that you are accepting a disturbing idea or feeling.

The first interpretation is quite positive. According to this reading, in real life you are feeding with meaningful experiences, that is, you would be getting the best out of those situations that were once negative or threatening (represented in the reptile that you ingest), but that prompted you to do your best in order to overcome them, opening up the opportunity for you to develop new skills and abilities that would not have happened otherwise.

That’s right, this dream indicates that you have managed to learn from hostile and unpleasant experiences, or from terrible personal mistakes. Pay attention to this interpretation if you feel satisfied or relieved in the dream as soon as you eat the reptile.

Dream of eating a snake. Interpretations

However, dreaming that you eat snakes, vipers or boas has a negative interpretation, as it would project your concern for the substances you normally drink or ingest in your real life; according to this explanation, the snake symbolizes an unhealthy diet.

On a more psychological level, this dream will reveal that you are feeding your mind and heart with harmful emotions or attitudes, as well as negative thoughts or intentions.

The image of the snake would symbolize all that damaging influence you’d be allowing in your mind.

Eating a snake could be the way your dreaming mind is trying to draw your attention to toxic characteristics, behaviors or attitudes that you may be assimilating. For example, it is possible that you have been spending a lot of time on social media or any other time-wasting activity.

Eating an entire snake reveals that you’re completely adopting an idea, a belief, an attitude, a way of looking at things; but at the same time you fear that this awakening will bring you disturbing consequences.

Let me ask you:

Are you becoming aware that you have been gullible or naive when it comes to accept something or somebody as a positive and meaningful element for your life?

Meaning of dreams of eating snakes from a Freudian perspective

From a Freudian point of view, dreaming of eating a snake could exhibit certain erotic connotations, as it would reveal repressed or contained sexual desires and interests, which would need to be recognized and cared for by the dreamer.

Most common dreams about eating a snake

What does it mean to dream of eating a snake that bit me first?

If the snake bit you it means several things. It could mean you are reacting to harsh criticism coming from people near you. Also, it may express you are trying to defend yourself from a hostil social environment.

See more meanings in dream of snake biting.

What does it mean to dream of eating a green snake?

If you ate a green snake it may reveal you are dealing with issues related to inexperience.

If you dream of a snake of another color I invite you to take a look at: dream meaning of the skincolor of the snake (black, red, brown, white, and many more).

Dream of killing a snake and eating it

Dreaming that you kill and eat a snake means that you probably have a desire to dominate or master something that seems challenging, dangerous or unknow (fears, bad habits) to such a point that it becomes a part of your life.

Also consider the possibility that your dream is revealing that you are thinking of defeating a harmful person -or situation- by responding in a much more harmful or aggressive way. Maybe you want to be tougher than other individuals you do not trust.

See more in killing a snake- dream interpretation.

What is the meaning of a dream of eating small snakes?

This dream has very meanings. See dreaming of small snake- interpretations and meanings.

What is the meaning of a dream of having a snake in my stomach?

If you have this dream you probably are having a hard time admitting a cold truth, maybe something perturbing that does not make you happy.

For example:

A young man dreamt that he had a very aggressive snake inside his belly, and it was growing in size…

In real life he was facing a tough situation he couldn’t admit: his crush was coming back with her ex-boyfriend despite all the advice the dreamer had given to her.
He was getting disappointed for her decision but, at the same time, he did not want to acknowledge the fact she had bee hiding her real feelings towards her ex. That was a very cold truth the dreamer could not “digest”.

Suggested Dreams

Snake in your bedroom in your dream

Dream of snakes in your bedroom is showing your fears over a possible invasion of your private life.

It is possible that you are scared of your most intimate secrets being exposed to other people.

See full content in snake in the bedroom – dream meaning.

Holding snakes in your hand in a dream

Dreaming about holding a snake in your hand means that you are feeling confident enough to take command of difficult and challenging situations in real life. 

The dream may be revealing your renovated inner energy, perhaps you are feeling able to handle problematic individuals who have the potential to cause you tribulations and setbacks. See the full content in dream meaning of holding a snake in your hands.

I also recommend you to read dream of catching snakes. If the snake bites your hand, see snake bites my hand in a dream.

Seeing a two-headed snake in a dream

Dreaming of a two-headed snake, viper, boa or cobra means that you are being impacted or challenged by two critical problems happening at the same time. 

This dream may be revealing that you find yourself in the middle of a difficult dilemma. It seems to you that none of the possible alternatives seems to offer a positive result.

Dreaming of hidden snakes

Most experts in dream interpretation believe that a dream in which snakes are hiding means concealed, unknown or covered threats and challenges in the dreamer’s life.

This dream might be pointing to the existence of situations that initially caused you fear but later become much less dangerous or serious.

Dreaming of long snakes

This dream shows that you are acknowledging one fact: settling your problems will take more time than you thought. Indeed, dreaming of very long snakes or vipers might be hinting at the existence of concerns or worries with the potential to lengthen in time and in difficulty.

Perhaps you are afraid that a troubling or stressing situation will persist much longer than you expected, impacting areas of your life that you considered safe and stable. See full content in dream meaning of long skinny snakes.

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Dream Researcher. I have been helping people to understand their dreams since 2018. Love reading all kind of authoritative material about dreams analysis, like Freud, Jung and their followers; however, I learned more about dreams by helping my blog readers with the interpretation of their own dreams. I recently published an article in Leigh University and Brown University.