Snail, Mollusks, Animal Messages and Totems, Snail Symbolism, Snail Meaning, Snail Totem, Snail Dream, and Messages
“Steady as she goes!” You are making slow but definite progress towards your goals.

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, it would help if you released 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 to create 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 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, you feel vulnerable and slow with some aspect of your waking life. It could also be a message that you isolate 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. You are working on a project 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 moves 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. It would be best if you found ways to release this anger soon, for 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 it would help if you allowed 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.

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16 thoughts on “Snail”

  1. I entered my room and there on the outside of window, the snail was on the window. then i thought to myself could this mean something, could this be a message in the nature telling me to think, slow down?

  2. Few days ago I woke up in the morning & open my door the first thing I saw was snail and I don’t know the meaning of that but all I could remember I said this could be a message but however it might be a sign of blessings, please what’s that stand for & does it good to kill such snail because I later kill it. Your advice please

  3. Courage is swimming in your fear, towards a direction. Yes, it is all around you, all over you, you are soaked in it and almost drowning in it, but still, you decide to paddle and crawl in a direction, however slow or awkward it may be.

    Snails can’t hear. They’re telling you to -ignore those opinions-, unroll yourself and crawl out, and forget about that slimy mess you leave in your trail!

  4. I Am sitting in the woods on a bench with a snail sitting next to me.
    The burnt land is all of your perceived failures to reach a very important goal or desire in your life that you have yet to conquer. The snail is a Promise of reaching this dream yet. Patience, steady determination. As it Is Promised then never give up. Be courageous and filled with Faith as you bring your desire to fruition thru a new, bold, and imaginative approach.
    That is what the snail is telling me and yoh and i and this snail did not connect by some crazy coincidence. I wish you well in Gods Peace.

  5. Hi there, I keep getting black small baby snails in my bathroom. I don’t have plants in my bathroom so where do they come from and what does it mean

  6. Katherine T Taylor

    I was at the laundromat today I always get a little toy out of the machine $0.25 okay I got a fluorescent green snail ring what does that mean I’ve never gotten 1 before I never even thought about snails until today what does it mean

  7. Don’t forget your shell because I think that’s a very important part of you. Maybe be careful of the trail or the way you put yourself out there. Maybe go places, hide in your shell and observe, not just the surroundings, but those around you. Observe your path, what it says about you, where it seems to be going. Does it have to be relative movements? Study the predators and relatives of the snail and incorporate those too into your life. There’s so many ways and beings out there. I imagine it’s a very limiting feeling to be only snail, so make some friends and get carried away!

  8. I had a dream that l saw a big bag with plenty of snails but not full to the brim then saw some snails on the floor/ground in the bush near the bag. I was picking the ones on the floor and within me l was contemplating whether if l carry the ones in the bag too is not stealing since l wasn’t the one who kept them. Then l remembered that picking snails in the dream might mean something bad then l got praying. Please what’s the interpretation then?

  9. Crissy Lynn Dalphone

    A snail literally, just appeared on my right hand middle finger. Sitting in my kitchen in a chair, in the middle on the floor, not touching any other resting place or counter, table or anything. What is the meaning and how do I execute this earth given message?

  10. 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

    1. Hi Sharon, I would suggest looking for those qualities within yourself that repel you in others and cause you to retreat into your shell. The book “Conscious Loving” by Gay & Kathlyn Hendricks is a wonderful guide in that process.

  11. 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.

    1. 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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