Alligator or Crocodile


Dreaming about alligators or crocodiles can mean several different things. Since many people confuse alligators and crocodiles with one another, and because they are closely related animals anyways, we decided to cover them both at the same time. In this post we’ll help you understand what your dream about an alligator or crocodile meant.

First, some questions to ask yourself about the dream:

How did the alligator or crocodile make you feel? Were you frightened by the alligator? Did you run away or did you face it head on? Being in tune to your feelings about the alligator can help you better understand what it means in your dream.

What Color Was the Alligator/Crocodile? Most alligators and crocodiles are green, but in dreams they can be a number of different colors. See Color Symbolism and Meanings to understand colors in your dream.

What Are Some Words You Would Use to Describe the Crocodile/Alligator: Try to describe the alligator or crocodile as much as possible. Was it big or small? Was it ferocious or calm? Did it snap at you or was it just there minding its own business? Think carefully about what the crocodile or alligator was doing in your dream.

Some Possible Meanings and Interpretations of Dreaming About a Crocodile or Alligator:

Adventure: For some, alligators and crocodiles can symbolize a need for adventure and excitement in their lives. Pay attention to your overall dream mood and feelings – did you feel a rush of excitement when you saw the crocodile/alligator? If you did, it could mean you are looking for something new or interesting to do. If not, then keep reading for the other possible meanings.

Being Insincere: The phrase “crocodile tears” means to cry falsely, and sometimes it can mean when you dream of a crocodile that you are not being true to yourself or that you are pretending to feel one way when you really feel another way. It could also mean that you feel someone else is being insincere with you.

Being Bitten: To dream you are being bitten by a crocodile or alligator can mean that you are being warned about a looming threat or danger. It could also mean that you need to be more aware of possible problems.

Concealment: Alligators and crocodiles often hide in the water, waiting for their prey. Therefore, it is logical that your dreams may mean concealment or hiding of something. It could be a hidden power/talent you possess, or it could be a hidden emotion you are trying to hide or someone is trying to hide from you.

Fighting an Alligator: Fighting an alligator or crocodile in your dream can mean that you are facing and confronting your fears, or that you are not afraid of danger. It can also symbolize that your are having an inner struggle of some sorts.

Mothering: Alligators and Crocodiles are extremely protective of their young and in Egypt were once seen as a symbol of fertility. For some, an alligator or crocodile could represent being over protective of a child, or it could mean something to signify your own relationship with your mother or your role as a mother in your life.

Running Away From a Crocodile/Alligator: To dream you are running away from a crocodile or alligator means you are afraid of confronting a fear. What fear you are afraid of confronting will greatly depend on the characteristics of the alligator/crocodile itself and other parts of the dream.

Snapping Alligator/Crocodile: If the alligator or crocodile is snapping at you, it may mean that something you have been ignoring needs your attention, or it could signify that you or someone you know has been irritable and easily agitated.

Subconscious Fears: If the alligator caused you to be afraid in the dream, it may symbolize that you have subconscious fears you need to overcome. Details about the alligator/crocodile will help you identify what these fears are.

Swimming With an Alligator or Crocodile: To dream of swimming with an alligator or crocodile could mean your emotional needs are not being met, that you are afraid of expressing your emotions to someone, or are not acknowledging how you really feel about a situation.

Thick Skinned: Most people believe that crocodiles and alligators have very rough, scaly, dry thick skin. (I’ve fortunately never touched one to find out!) This could mean you are being “thick skinned” about a situation, which means to be insensitive to criticism or complaints.

Are there any other possible dream scenarios we may have missed? Any questions or thoughts about any of these dream interpretation symbols for alligators and crocodiles? Share them in the comments section below!




  • Derek

    I had a dream that a family member of mine was shot and his body landed in a lake with alligators/crocodiles and they ate him up

  • Andrew

    I had a dream about I was flouting on some raft with crocodiles in a lake and the swimming meaning matched mine perfectly. And I think its right, I have not come out with my feelings about someone

  • Misty

    I have had two dreams about crocodiles and alligators.The first one was a few months ago and there was a house that had stairs that went down and onto a sandy beach. They all got in a line and wrnt into the water. I watched them as they swam out thinking how strange it was that they were all in a line. My second dream there was one under my bed but it wasnt threatening in any way but I was still afraid because of what it was. Then my dream chnged to me seeing my deceased father and communicating with spirits. Any input on this?????

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