Real Dream Interpretations

Are snakes in dreams bad or good?

Javier Fuertes ~ 05/27/2023

The short answer is “it depends on your dream.”

Most of the time I consider it to be bad, because it reveals that the dreamer is facing an individual or a situation that is disturbing her daily life.

Based on my experience interpreting dreams, I have noticed that the snake normally appears to express our current worries and anxieties; for that reason we can say that a dream like this is quite negative.

Sometimes a snake may be revealing some inner aspects of ourselves that could turn out to be perturbing or unsettling, and most of them time we usually choose to ignore.

In some cases, dreaming of snakes is quite bad if in the dream we escape, we hide, we surrender to the attack of the reptile or – even worse – if we are eaten by the reptil.


Because our reaction would clearly show that we are not emotionally prepared to solve our personal or family problems or conflicts.

Look at this dream I helped out to interpret a long ago:

A young woman dreamed that a large snake was chasing her in her workplace. She was looking for a place to hide.

In real life, she was very afraid of her bossy supervisor who had instructed Human Resources to get the dreamer’s best friend fired from work. She was quite sure of being the next one to be kicked out.

In this case the dreamer was not fully ready to deal with the individual who was causing most of her worries at work.

Let see another case.

Having certain emotions or feelings sometimes could be expressed in the act of dreaming with large dark snakes. Indeed, for example, having a dream in which large black snakes are present in the scene express your anguish when you feel lost and disoriented, aimless, without alternatives, without a future. In this sense, the reptil represents pessimism; check this dream that one of my readers shared:

“Yesterday I had an encounter with a daughter, I cried because of her indifference, in the evening I dreamed of many black snakes but they were passive, they did not attack me…”


Dreaming of snakes has more meanings.

It could sometimes displays our fears or hopes over our most precious relationship, check this example out:

A woman dreamed that several white snakes were coming out of the mouth of her current partner and got wrapped around her neck in an attempt to suffocate her. She took them by the head and with her bare hands killed them one by one.

In real life, she was having issues with her relationship, she was hurt by his boyfriend’s behavior, his harsh words, his cold treatment towards her completely devoid of any affection or caring (notice that in some cases the white color in the dreams expresses absence of emotions or feelings).

She was seriously thinking about breaking with her boyfriend, and her intentions to put an end to her 2-year relationship was reflected in the dream when she began killing the snakes.

By the way, dream of killing the snake reveals our decision to:

  • Put an end to a toxic or meaningless relationship,
  • Stay away from a scenario in real life that is no good at all,
  • Keep your distance from people or hostile or unpleasant environments.
  • Get rid of aspects or traits of ourselves that we hate or reject.
  • Set up or defend your own personal space from others.

However, no everything is bad with snake dreams. Sometimes they reveals positive and hopeful realities.

For real.

For example, if we react boldly to the presence or attack of the snake (see dream of fighting snakes), then we can say that our snake dream is quite positive because it indicates that we have the willpower or the firm decision to act in front of a situation we consider unfair, negative or unacceptable in real life.

Here’s another dream shared by one of my readers a while ago, something that has produced one of the greatest satisfactions in all these years dedicated to the interpretation of dreams:

“I remember cutting off the head of a snake, and cutting it into pieces, with great desire and with great strength and decisiveness, and I think I killed one and another appeared, so 2 or 3, but I killed them all … I really felt great, and it was an accomplishment for me and my family,,… it was like getting rid of something bad.”

She also wrote

These last days I was distressed, with fears, there are people near me who I feel are not very good people,.. but today I already feel much better, I feel determined, because I am not the viper and I am the one who kills it 🙂 »

In conclusion:

In most cases dreaming with snakes will display our currents fears, worries or our negative emotions in general. In few cases, the dream can be the opportunity to see if we feel confident to tackle our current personal troubles, since that dream can be considered like a simulated scenario to show our new attitudes and hopes over our everyday life.

dream of killing a viper means that your want to get rid of something in life

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Author: Javier Fuertes

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.