Snail Symbolism

Take your time! Enjoy life at a much slower pace. You will find that there is so much more on offer.

Snail Meaning, and Messages

In general, Snail symbolism is letting you know that you need to slow down! In other words, this spirit animal is asking you; What’s the big hurry? In any event, you have been spending so much time focusing on goals that you have missed something.  Thus Snail meaning says it is time to let go for a moment so that you will be able to see it.

Alternatively, the Snail symbolism is letting you know that any pace is a good pace. In other words, what seems like forever is just a small moment. Consequently, you must release your beliefs about not getting things done on time. Be sure to trust your process, stay present, and chug along. Moreover, the Snail meaning insists that there is no sense in causing yourself any more stress.

The Snail symbolism is also letting you know that you have to use your time wisely. However, you also have to realize that you do have time for everything. Thus, you should divide your priorities and set up a block of time each day so that there is steady progress in all of your projects.  The whole process is a simple exercise in time management. In other words, Snail symbolism reminds you to stay in the present so that everything gets done.


Birds are the Snail’s main predator. These avians include; Redwing Blackbirds, Robins, Jays, Crows, Magpies, Ravens, Hawks, and Owls. The closest relatives of this Mollusk are Oysters, Clams, Mussels, Slugs, Sea Snails, freshwater Snails, Octopus, Squid, Nautilus, and Conches.

Snail Totem, Spirit Animal

People with Snail totem tend to be creatures of habit and have a great deal of patience. They also know how to take things as they come. More often than not, they prefer to be alone, are not very social, and sometimes very timid as well. They always have to balance protection with trust (not easy).  Often, Snail totem people never show their true selves to the world. Also, their feelings are generally at the forefront of most of their decisions and actions. Folks with the Snail totem also need to be careful about hiding in their shell. They need to make a point of dealing with their emotional issues, or they could withdraw permanently.

People with this spirit animal have a strong work ethic and will often put in much longer hours than everyone else. However, they do tend to work very slowly and meditatively. They do every task well. They maintain a high standard of excellence. Also, they tend to rely on themselves to get the job done.

Folks with this mollusk as their power animal are very deliberate people. Therefore, once they set a goal to achieve, there is no diverting them from their path.

Snail Dream Interpretation

In general, when you have a Snail dream, it means that you are feeling vulnerable and slow with some aspect of your waking life. It could also be a message that you are isolating yourself too much from the rest of the world. In other words, growth can only come about by exposing those parts of yourself that are vulnerable. Furthermore, when this happens, you can embrace the lessons offered by it.

Furthermore, a Snail dream can also symbolize the need for patience and perseverance. There is a project that you are working on that seems to be taking forever to complete and reach its goal. In this case, the mollusk is letting you know that you can accomplish everything. Also, as a result, everything will arrive at the exact moment it is supposed to come.

If the mollusk in your Snail dream is moving forward, it is symbolic of slow but steady progress in your waking life towards your goals. To see one of these creatures hiding in its shell is an indication that you are using an avoidance tactic on an unpleasant task. For some reason, there is something that you know you have to deal with that you are currently avoiding in your waking life.


A red Snail dream symbolizes that you have repressed anger and are, in essence doing a slow burn. You need to find ways to release this anger soon, or it will affect your health. Dreaming of a white mollusk means that you are being guided slowly towards your life’s purpose.

When you dream of a black Snail, it indicates a time of inward growth without any clear direction. Thus you must allow this change within you the time and space to take root. In other words, have patience. Everything will clarify soon.

Snail Trails:

Seeing a Snail’s trail in your dreams is symbolic of spending too much time in your past. There is no sense in casting blame behind you. Let go and pay more attention to what is in the present. To see many Snail trails in your dreams means that you are focusing far too much on “other people’s stuff.” You need to regroup and come back to yourself. You are the only one you have influence over.

When you come across one of these trails in your waking life, the Snail meaning is symbolic of “drawing the line.” In other words, make a stand as to how much and how many projects you are willing to tackle. Thus you must set your priorities and set your boundaries. Love yourself by learning to say no graciously.


  • Hi there, I am Sharon, and I have been drawn to snails on my land for the last few years. I am absolutely enchanted by these little creatures .. I have some animal totem books that say, that maybe I am spending too much time in my “shell”, and that is true . . I don’t go out much, but I do visit with people on the internet . . And your article just said, that I might be spending too much time, “in the past,” and thinking about past hurts. I can see that now, and it is absolutely accurate . . .it’s true that I have become a “loner’ though I don’t WANT to be .. I “used to be” so outgoing, perky and friendly, but due to some very intense hurts in the last ten years, I have been hurt by peoples’ comments, mostly women , like when I try to make women friends at a quilter’s meeting or whatever . . I have a very kind heart, and LOVE people who have good hearts, too, but I seem to “attract” ones who sort of “criticize me”, when I first meet them. I don’t WANT to attract this type of person, but it seems to be a pattern in me . . sooo , since we’ve had a lot of rain the last few days, the snails are coming out from our flower bed (lots of them) and I am just thrilled to see them, but in the mornings, they have also left some beautiful blue snail trails. I know it’s a message for me, I need to come out of my shell, for sure, but I guess I am soo afraid of rejection, like I’ve been feeling the last ten or more years . . . I really am showing my vulnerability to you guys, and I ordinarily wouldn’t do that, but I just wonder if any of you have any “ideas” about how I can be brave enough to go out into the world again . . . thanks everyone, I am a TRUE animal lover, and I’m VERY drawn to Mother Nature . . Sincerely, Sharon

  • Perhaps the burnt land is a place where things are not going well; maybe a sense of emergency and panic. Looking for a snail could mean needing time to slow down and find inner peace even during life’s challenging times.

    • To dream of looking for a snail in a burned land… I believe you’re looking for an unlikely thing in a desolate place. Snails would be the last thing you would find in a place that has been burnt, but you’re looking anyways. It’s a wild goose chase. Let go of whatever troubling thing has you looking into the past. Whatever happened, it’s okay to not see the good traits in it; sometimes bad things happen and no amount of patience or a different perspective can change that you need to move on.
      I hope this helps.

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