Snakes in a Dream! Meaning of Dreams About Snakes

Updated on April 19, 2018

The Meaning of Snakes in Dreams

Snake in the Grass
Snake in the Grass | Source

Dream Symbols - Snakes

Snakes are highly charged, evocative creatures and when they slither into dreams they are an indication that the dream is not only of high importance, but also one that the dream is offering a great growth opportunity.

All dream symbols' interpretations ultimately rest upon the dreamer's own personal associations and mythologies, with dream interpretation articles and encyclopedias providing only broad brush strokes to the symbol's general meaning. However, generalities are something snake do not abide--they are equally revered and reviled by various cultures as well as individuals.

Provided here are many ideas to help the dreamer find a starting point, positive or negative, about the snake dream symbol's meaning.

Kekule's Ouroborous Dream

Kekule's Ouroborous Dream
Kekule's Ouroborous Dream | Source

Dreams of Snake Bites

Dreams of being snake bit can symbolize that "snake in the grass" – those dangerous situations lying in wait, those things dreamers never see coming and bite when least expected.

These can be friends who betray, lovers who leave, or work or familial difficulties that appear to unexpectedly.

The Ouroboros and Snakes Shedding Skins

A famous alchemical symbol is that of the snake swallowing or eating its own tail, a symbol known as the ouroborous. The ouroborous makes an appearance in the annals of science as the organic chemist, Friedrich Kekule, credited a dream of one with his discovery of the structure of the benzene molecule.

C.G. Jung saw the ouroborous as a mandala, or an archetypal template for the law of endless return. In Jung's mind, the ouroborous revealed that rather than a linear, finite game played between rushing from birth's kickoff to death's goalpost, life is is rather a dynamic state of change, regeneration and endless transformation.

An ourboros dream, therefore, may indicate a time of change and transformation for the dreamer and the ouroborous need not show up as the one in the picture. Dreams of snakes shedding their skins are akin to the ourobouros symbol and can mean that the dreamer is sloughing off the trappings of an old life in favor of a new skin more appropriate to the dreamer's growth.

Snake Dreams Can Be Warnings

Snakes As Warning Symbols
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Warning and Fear

Since there is no denying that snakes can pose a danger to one's life, there is just reason to take them as warning symbols when they appear in dreams. This warning can be one to heed the signals coming from one's career or personal life.

However, snakes, like spiders, are oftentimes universally maligned--even those that pose no threat to humans.

If a snake dream evokes fear, it is a good practice to honestly evaluate that fear. Is it real, is there a significant threat to the dreamer and is the fear serving as an intuitive warning?

Or is the fear simply irrational anxiety? Is the fear simply and excuse to stay stuck in a life that one has outgrown for the sake of safety rather than sliding off that old skin in favor of the unknown?

Snakes as Deities and Wisdom Symbols

Snakes as Deities and Wisdom Symbols
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Snakes as Sexual Symbols

Due to the snakes physical expression--it's body shape, flicking tongue, etc., it is often a sexual symbol.

Apart from that obvious fact it is important to look at the snakes actions within the dream to see what kind of sexual information is being conveyed.

Snakes attempt to enter or overtake the dreamer's body can indicate a relationship that is solely rooted in sex.

Dreams of being suffocated by snakes can portend a smothering, obsessive, potentially dangerous stalking type situation.

However, if the dreamer is not sexually active and finds the snake dream tantalizing, it may be serving as a form of wish fulfillment, a desire for intimate contact with another person.

Dream Snakes as Symbols of Wisdom

Snakes are elusive and mysterious, seen only in zoos, on television, or in chance encounters in the wild that are often involve fearful circumstances. This elusiveness is what gives rise to much of the fear that is involved with snakes.

However, the snake's hidden qualities are precisely what gives it its status as a wisdom symbol for some cultures and individuals.

For example, Chinese astrologers consider those born under the sign of the snake as embodiments of wisdom, sensuality, and diplomacy.

The Mezoamerican deity Quetzalcoatl travelled between heaven and earth realms.

In Yoruban mythology it is the serpent Oshunmare who creates the rainbow.

And cobras, in particular, seem to carry the connotation of wisdom.

As creatures of intuitive knowledge, snake dreams may ask the dreamer to tune into his or her intuitive side.

Snakes in dreams, even if unpleasant, may be warnings that intuitive information surrounds the dreamer, but the dreamer is ignoring it. That snake in the grass might not have been so unexpected had the dreamer heeded the warning signs coming from the intuition.

One may also gain wisdom by paying attention to any striking or specific words in a snake dream and by giving close attention to the prominent symbols the serpent is attached to within the dream.

"I Don't Like Spiders and Snakes"


Dreamers often want "the" answer to their dream's symbol and seek to find that answer.

However, for a symbol to have its full power, the only encyclopedia needed is the one inside the dreamer's mind as symbols' meanings are as unique as the individual minds dreaming them.

Since snakes have so many possible interpretations — wisdom, sex, transformation, and fear — dreams of them are perfect reminders of the truth of the previous statement.


The Portable Jung by C. G. Jung.

Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension: Select Essays, 1944-1968 by Joseph Campbell.

The Mythic Dimension: Selected Essays 1959-1987 by Joseph Campbell.

Mysterium Coniunctionis: An Inquiry into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy by C. G. Jung

Psychology and Alchemy (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.12) by C. G. Jung


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      prince k. Smith 3 months ago

      i dream my hair on my head turn to small snake and i was so afraid

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      Unknown 8 months ago

      I dream that a big anaconda has escaped from the zoo and the whole city is running for their lifes . Police Army are searching for it and i m hidding in a street behind a tree and see its shadow coming that way then woke up nothing more

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      Phillip Davis 11 months ago

      I was bitten by a baby snake on the right leg.

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      Divya 18 months ago

      in my dream i was tied up by a snake. what does it mean

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      mary 19 months ago

      I dream were I was shot many times and i was not hurt

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      Teresa Faries 21 months ago

      In my dream the snakes are being eaten by people or the snake bites them and they die. This is a dream I woke up from.

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      lavheart 2 years ago

      I dreamd about snake in the grass i stepped in and it bit my sole its a black snake then as i continue walking another snake bit me this time its a combination of green and yellow.

      I wonder what does it mean.

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      EsmeSanBona 4 years ago from Macon

      Hi everyone--I am so sorry I haven't read or responded to your comment. I've been battling with some health issues and haven't been on online in ages. I doubt anyone's still looking for dream help, but if so, please post. I should be around a lot!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      I just dreamed about a snake, but I was poking at it and not afraid at all. Had I been awake I would have been afraid. All snakes are deadly. If they are not poisonous and bite me, I would die of a heart attack.

      voted up and interesting

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      Amber Rose18 4 years ago

      Can someone please help me with interpreting my dream. In my dream I was pregnant and somehow a snake got inside me and was in my stomach with my unborn child. I went to the bathroom and sat down to pee and the snake came out so I got off the toilet and the snake lunged at me. After me and my mom killed the snake and cut the snake into little pieces. Somebody please help me interpret this.

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      sonia 5 years ago


      liked reading ur article....i too dream of snakes once in every 3-4 months...

      but i m not able to interpret the meaning...i just see 2 or 3 snakes here n there...but they never harmed me in my dreams and usually i wake up in fear after my dream...last dream i saw big snakes like python or anaconda but they also didn't do something just crawled and went somewhere...m not able to get what this means...m having snake dreams since 2-3 yrs but m not able to understand this...will u plz help...

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      jayk 5 years ago

      I dreamt I was in a paddock surrounded by brown snakes! So I climbed a fence to escape but when I was hanging on the top I turned my head and realised that they were also in tall trees lining the fence.. I put my hands out to my side and leaped off the fence.. gliding above the snakes which then took me down my street.. Flying felt good and I knew I was safe..

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      Great point! I totally forgot snakes as symbols of healing, which is kind of a huge oversight. The caduceus, on many ambulances, med IDs, etc., incorporates the snake. Thanks for pointing this out!

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      Power Ball Pythons 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Interesting hub! I just wanted to point out that there's a subset of the human population that may view snakes in a different way during dreams. People in the medical profession may view the snake as a symbol of healing. Even now, new medicines from snake venome are being developed to help combat pain and cancer. Also, funny coincidence, my group of reptile friends had just shared stories about snakes in dreams. Except all of ours were good! We found tons of snake species and took them home as pets! Lol.

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      HK 5 years ago

      I dreamt that I've been wounded in the leg and have a gun, then a rattle snake from nowhere came in and entered my body through that wound in my leg and when I got scared and shot my leg with the gun I have to kill the snake, it bit me and then we both die...

      Extra details : the area of my wound in the leg is my Thumb

      I shoot my thumb to kill the snake

      we both die.. I die to snake bite and the snake dies because I shot it.

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      sharmi 6 years ago

      wondering..... did't expect these things

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      Debra Charney 6 years ago

      Great article! Voted up and interesting. Loved the pic as well.

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      EsmeSanBona 6 years ago from Macon

      I didn't mention Freud because I'm not a fan of his work. I lean way in the direction of Jungian psychology--he and Freud parted company for very good reasons :-).

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      guest 6 years ago

      Just wondering why you didn't mention Freud in this article.

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      LiveWorkPlayBLVR 6 years ago from Sunshine State Florida USA

      EsmeSanBona Your HubPage is timely for me. It triggered recall of a dream, very soon to be 11 yrs ago. It seemed as though it was for a split second, in prehistoric land & time. It was very real. Then raced out of my sleep, shaking. It was during a devasting time in my life. Analyzed then, the dream did not seem to associate present life. It was as if another life. Will ponder. Thank you for writing on this topic. Peace&Blessings

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      so weird 6 years ago

      i had a dream about snakes after i read this hub.

      the snake tried to bite me but i dodged.

      that must be a good sign

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      TheDailyMessenger 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I am very impressed with your blog. it was very informational and wondrous. I don't think i have ever dreamed of a snake but, now if I ever doi know what to expect. Thankyou for the Information.

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      slavicat 6 years ago

      Pictorial and interesting,snakes are special creatures with symbols to attract our attention,most it is about fear which is first association to snake's name;i love interpretations to connect them to life's challenges& transformations and wisdom;few nights ago i dreamed a giant snake and just wondered about meaning;this post has perfectly fitted into my condition and mind's set these days;i think over all the symbols and there are lots to be right answer to me.Thank you,it is nice Hub

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      Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hmmm. I've never dreamed about snakes before. Caught them, wrote about them, emulated them in some fashion, and admired them in another.

      Interesting, but I'm not a big fan of others interpreting dreams to mean something. Welcome to HubPages from a fellow Georgian.


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      Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines

      Congrats for being selected hub of the day... this is really interesting...hope you post more dream interpretations

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      tanujpanwar 6 years ago

      very informative........good work.... :)

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      EsmeSanBona 6 years ago from Macon

      First I want to thank everyone for being so kind and welcoming. It feels like a wonderful place here. If anyone has a specific dream question you'd like to ask, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer in a timely manner.

      Second, I try to write this in all my articles--your dreams are your own. Your personal associations always trump any encyclopedia including mine! Encyclopedias are starting points to get you thinking about the symbol. Symbols have meanings that are ingrained in the collective unconscious, however, the collective unoncious also branches off into the cultural unconscious, and branch again and again and again until they get down to the personal unconscious. YOUR interpretation of a symbol is THE interpretation to go with ALWAYS.

      I always want to say that because I don't want to sound like my idea is the idea. I believe in the power of dreams to help people transform and do my best to help them with my writing but I certainly don't want anyone to think my writing is the definitive source on any symbool. An entire book could be written about snakes and I doubt Hubpages want to publish my book just yet. :-)

      I am so glad that so many of you are following me, I'm following you, too now and I might not have found you had you not found me.

      Again, I am just thrilled to be Hub of the Day but I'm happier to have been introduced to this wonderful community. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

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      Kimberly D King 6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      My mom and I have often dreamt of snakes and it's refreshing to see some insight on them!

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      johncimble 6 years ago from Bangkok

      by the way i'm living in bangkok thailand and for thai people they believe that if you have a dream about snakes tied you that mean you will meet your soulmate XD

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      johncimble 6 years ago from Bangkok

      great hub :) but i dont like snakes lol

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      Sophia Angelique 6 years ago

      Actually, dreams do not have exact translations in dream. It's strictly dependent on how the person sees the symbols. I dreamt about snakes for 8 years every single night, and eventually discovered what they meant. After which the dreams stopped. That's Carl Jung's dream method.

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      Carl 6 years ago

      Very good work EsmeSanBona, I hope to read more of your work. Voted Up, Useful, Awesome, Beautiful, and Interesting

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I love dreams, keep a dream journal and like to analyze my own dreams. This hub was very well written and beautifully illustrated and was also filled with a lot of fascinating details. Welcome to Hub Pages and congratulations on making Hub of the Day.

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      Ashley Gray 6 years ago from Colorado

      Love this hub! I think dreams are fascinating, so love to learn what they mean. Congrats on hub of the day! :)

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      marriednokids 6 years ago from California

      Pretty interesting hub. So much I didn't know about snakes!

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      Carolina 6 years ago from Switzerland

      A unique hub. I have ask a question about the meaning of dreaming snakes. I have been dreaming as i was 17 - 18 years old of snakes scattered all over the floor of the church, i want to reach the alter but i can't because i was afraid of the snakes. Do you have a meaning of these? Thanks.

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      ChrisIndellicati 6 years ago from New York, NY

      I voted up and rated interesting and awesome. Really good hub I got stuck on the Ouroboros thing lol. Got so interested at that and read something else after this!

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      Keeley Shea 6 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Awesome job on making hub of the day! I really wish I remembered a time I dreamt of a snake! Will have to be mindful of this from here on out. Thanks for the interesting hub!

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      tamarindcandy 6 years ago

      Congrats on making hub of the day!

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      Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I have a fear of snakes to some degree. I once caught one, put it in an aquarium and put it in my room in hopes of getting over the fear. It didn't work. Instead I had dreams of it biting me every night.

      I'll also commonly dream about snakes biting my feet after I see one on TV. Not sure what it is about snakes, but they definitely trigger something in me to have unpleasant dreams about them after I see one.

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      plasterer tonbridge  6 years ago

      great hub found this really interesting, can't say i've dreamtof snakes though

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This Hub of the Day is certainly an eye catcher. Congratulations and a hearty welcome to HubPages.

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      Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Congrats for being select Hub of the Day! You off to a great start on HubPages. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi and a warm welcome to hub pages. This is an excellent and fascinating hub! I think it is a shame about how snakes are maligned - probably in the West it started off with the serpent in the Garden of Eden! In nature, if we didn't have snakes there would be many a home that would be over-run with rodents!

      When I dream of a snake coming into my life I know that it is telling me to be wary of a person/situation, so for me the snake is definitely a positive, protective symbol. I've also, through meditation, come across a golden and white python coiled around a tree. The snake was not only very beautiful but very benign. But I only saw this symbolism once or twice. Anyway, many thanks for sharing this great hub, really enjoyed it.

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      joekreydt 6 years ago

      what does it mean if you have snakes in a dream, and samuel l. jackson is also in the dream?

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      Jawanza James Williams 6 years ago from Bronx, NY

      LOVE IT!

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      Liola Lee 6 years ago

      As someone who has very detailed dreams I found this hub fascinating.I often have dreams where I feel I have actually been to the places in my dreams or have been actively participating physically.

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      JS Matthew 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on being selected for the Hub of the Day!

      This was a very interesting article. I have never had a dream about a snake, but I bet now that I read this, I will! Nice job!


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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      Wow, I did not know that. I have also done a hub on snake iconography, and I found your hub very interesting. In some cultures snakes are simile of eroticism.

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      Linda 6 years ago from Plumsted Township, NJ

      Wow! Nicely done, Esme! And congratulations for earning Hub Of The Day status! I have often wondered at different things appearing in different dreams. I don't think I have ever encountered a snake in my dream. I have encountered sharp, Jason-type knives, and people chasing me with them, but no snakes. I guess I have found a new topic to follow! Thanks for the awesome hub! Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Very interesting. You´ve certainly done your homework, here.

      Pleased to meet you on hubpages.

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Congratulations on being the Hub of the day! This is a very informative and well written post.

      Thanks for sharing, and welcome to Hubpages.

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      Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Interesting Hub! I have been taking an interest in dream interpretation lately and have been reading a lot on the various symbols. This is a wonderful subject indeed.

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      carlness 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Dream interpretation is very interesting. I dont remember ever dreaming about snakes but the potential meanings are pretty cool. Great hub. Interesting + voteup!

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      Johnathan L Groom 6 years ago from Bristol, CT

      Interesting piece, great into-pic.


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      sonia05 6 years ago from india

      Very interesting hub! Congrats for hub of the day!

      Voted up!

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Congrats for the Hub of the Day! I don´t like snakes. They are my enemies. My mother told me once when I asked her why do I have snakephobia.She said, when I was a year old child, a snake was hanging on our ceiling looking down to me sitting on the floor while I was speachless and white on the face looking up to the ceiling. My parents had a hard time getting the snake off our house. Our house was then made of bamboos and nipa roof that critters like snake can pop inside the house. Behind our house was still a forest at that time.

      So when I dreamt about snake I examined my dream because I wanted to know why. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.

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      Terry Chestnutt 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I never dream about snakes and I don't think about them much. They don't strike me a sexual, wise, or evil, but they do seem powerful and fast. Other than that they seem like dim witted things that people place way too much emphasis on. But I did hope to find out why, so I read this article. Thanks for something on a subject that interests almost everyone.

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      EsmeSanBona 6 years ago from Macon

      Thank you Angelique. I enjoyed your sleep apnea article. I find sleep disorders fascinating to your article was particularly interesting to me.

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      Angelique Newman 6 years ago from Canada

      Welcome to hubpages! You've written an incredible article; very interesting, I learned a thing or two about snakes that I'll keep in mind if one of these critters pops into my dreams. Thanks for sharing :) and congratulations on making the top 14 in the contest!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I have voted up for this hub which interested me because I recently had a dream in which I was travelling over land and through water clinging to a giant snake like an anaconda. I couldn't make an sense out of the dream but it seemed a good one.

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      EsmeSanBona 6 years ago from Macon

      NIkkiraeink--I'm sorry your dream was so frightening. Try to remember though that dreams are mostly report cards about how the psyche is feeling rather than reports about what is going to happen. Most dreams are not prophecies, so hopefully nothing bad came about after your dream. This is not to minimalize your feelings--I still shudder every time I remember the dream I had that Darth Vader was my father that scared the living daylights out of me until someone pointed out that this means I'm Princess Leia! :-) If you need any help interpreting your particular snake dream let me know.

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      EsmeSanBona 6 years ago from Macon

      Thanks so much to all of you and for those of you that voted up. I really appreciate it and feel quite welcomed here. Thanks again!

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      lavender3957 6 years ago

      Loved this, very good hub

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      nikkiraeink 6 years ago from So. Cal.

      I have an acute fear of snakes because of a dream I had about them. I poked one in the eye and it screamed. It was nearly 15 years ago and I can still remember that dream. Very interesting! Voted up.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      This is positively fascinating! I've never dreamed of snakes before- or never remembered it at least, but now I'll be on a sharp lookout!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Very interesting hub. Congrats on being in the top 14 this week. Hope you do well.Voted up and interesting.

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      EsmeSanBona 6 years ago from Macon

      Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm really enjoying it here and I've only written two Hubs! Makes me feel like writing another. Maybe one not so ewwwwww-ie. :-)

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Oh ewwwww - but congrats on making the Fab 14. Good luck in the contest...I shall have to close my eyes if I see it on there and just grope for the keyboard though! Yikes!!! Welcome!!!

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      EsmeSanBona 6 years ago from Macon

      Thank you so much! I'll be checking out your hubs as well. Thanks again for the warm welcome!

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      Robin Edmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Welcome to HubPages! This Hub is extremely impressive for a newbie - or a veteran! Being a psychology major in college, this topic is interesting to me and a fun read. Cheers and welcome again!