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!

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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?????

    1. lauren

      Mine was similar to yours!
      It started out with me standing in the water on a log with some friends against a concrete wall. All of these alligators were trying to get my feet but I kept stepping on their noses. My friends told me they wouldnt bite me but I didnt trust them. Then I left and suddenly I was in a house and the basement stairs led down to this weird water front with more alligators. but instead of them swimming away, I found out that they were the pets of the person who owned the house and I watched them feast on dead cows. The people told me they used the alligators for shooting target practic. I ran away because everyone was laughing and it made me so sad for the animals.

  4. Kelvin

    I have been dreaming of crocodiles,yesterday it was different..The crocodile was hidden in a sealing in my sisters house,when I saw it I told my brother about it and we were all afraid of it..My mother then came and I told her that there is a crocodile in the sealing and I asked her where it might have come from..She answered me that it might have come from the village..Every body was afraid of it and I decided not to spend the night at my sisters place because of the fear I had for the animal so I opted to spend it at my mothers place.. What could this dream mean?

  5. Maria

    dreamed i was swimming in a river with crystal clear blue water and then an alligator/croc jump in and i swam after it it was neon green not regular dark green color. I could see him swimming because of crystal clear water and then he swam away and I woke up

  6. Lou-Anne

    I dreamt that I went for a run (jog) thinking of the exercise ahead…keeping my head down as I ran…looking at me feet I noticed my running shoes are pure white. I did not feel tired or even breathed heavy…in my dream I was surprised at how energized and “fit” I was. I reached a certain point where I had to decide to go around or thru crocodile invested area…I decided to go thru….crocodiles of various sizes and color (some bright green, others more dull green and others a brownish color) where all over the place…natural area, with loose sand and dunes, canal water and trees, grass and some bushes. Once I entered the area the crocodiles started moving off in different directions – some towards me, others away from me. I did not feel scared or threatened in any way…in fact I felt energized and confident. Half-way thru the area I realized that I was being chased by a snapping smaller sized bright green alligator. Still I was not scared or anxious (No negative feelings) but decided to be careful (rather safe than sorry) and changed course and went thru a bushed area…with this smaller medium sized bright green alligator chasing and snapping behind me…(I still did not feel threatened, scared or tired) I reached the “safety” of a game rangers small, barely there property with this smaller alligator still behind me. I entered this small house and the alligator followed me in. The game ranger was in his house at that moment – looked at me and the alligator and carried on with his task that he was busy with. Once inside I realized that this alligator was “tamed” I turned around looked at it, pointed my finger at it and said “No, No, NO”! In turn the alligator looked up at me and gave me the biggest, brightest smile I have ever seen. Any thought of what this might mean or represent.

  7. deepavali

    I had seen crocodile in my dream tht i was tied up his mouth with wire nd trying to rescue my self ..Wt does tht mean

  8. erin

    My dream I was calm and the alligator or crocodile was just slowly swimming and I seemed to be looking at it but it seemed calm as it swam towards me in murky muddy water with somewhat green trees in the background on top of a muddy bank

  9. ireyon

    One dream Felt Like A Bunch My Dream Started Off With Me Going Home…
    I Was On An Elevator To Find The Walkways Filled With Water. I Surprised My Self Because I First Walked Right in it Not Thinking About What Could Be in it…. I Was With A Friend When We Notice The Alligator Coming Up From Down The Hall At First I Was Kinda Scared Because it Was An Alligator Until My Friend And I Started Swimming And I Had To Talk To Keep Her From Being Scared. As We Swam the Alligator Latched On To The Back Of My Right Arm With its Mouth With out Hurting Me Unless I Started To Over react With Fear Then it Would Clinch Tighter But Still Not Hurt Me Like When im Scared it Was Scared But i Was More So Anxious Curious And Shocked Than Anything Towards The End Of My Dream I was With Who Presumed To Be My Mother And Grandmother Sitting By A Swamp Like Body Of Water An Alligator Was Coming Towards Us Me And My Mother Stood Up As My Grandmother Took Her Time When I Got Up The Gator Slowly Went Under water And Rolled Over

  10. a mother

    I had stopped at a park with my son. It was this big old and broken water fountain. The moment I thought my son would fall in he did. I ran to him to help him out when I noticed small alligators sitting calm in the water with colored streaks. As I helped him out and started to walk away I started to notice more alligators and snakes frozen and almost the color of stone. My son and I where both calm and proceeded to walk away as I gave him much caution to watch his step

  11. jake

    I can not find relevant information to this anywhere. A little insight, please?

    I dreamed that I was holding a baby crocodile in my hands as I waded through a murky desert river looking for a safe place to return the crocodile to the wild. I passed at least three tributaries and asked three people where to put the croc. At the end of the dream, I could not find a safe place to put the croc because I was concerned with the chaos the croc might later bring to people.

  12. Fab

    i had a dream that i pick a Baby crocodile and it was calm and i took it home with a with rabbit

  13. Atzimba

    What about seeing an alligator/crocodile attacking something/someone else, not at you and at the same time, you don’t want to watch this animal devouring its prey? So it is not directly to you, but you look away trying to cover your child’s eyes from the awful sight.

  14. Anely

    I had a dream that I was excited that was playing around with the alligators food. They were small and dark green. They kept snapping their mouth wide open and closing them trying to bite me. But I kept moving and trying to get away from them. I was sitting by a pond and there was a fence in front of me. They couldn’t catch me but I knew there was a open to the fence where they had spot it and were being vicious towards me. I ended up fighting back grabbing their mouth and holding them and pushing them back off but they kept coming back. Please email me. I need to know what it means I had the dream twice already!

  15. sandy

    I had a dream that i lived next to alligators/crocodiles and they were calm and blue but i didnt want my sisters or nieces near them

  16. vani

    dreamt I was with my sister-in-law and her youngest son 5 years old in a soft black sandy and muddy area. On my left there are black sand hills and down hills are muddy. All in sudden my sister-in-law dragging his son running through the muddy area although tried to stop her. About 100meter away she has gone, suddenly a very huge and large black crocodile with long tail appearing to above mud level and chasing forward my sister-in-law and her son. I’m shouting telling my sister-in-law on the crocodile, she keep running holding up her son and tried to climb the hill of black soil but sliding her down because the sands are too soft. The speedy crocodile climb up the hill and catch both my sister-in-law and her son by its large mouth and slide down hill and disappear into the muddy. I was not able to do anything and it had happen too fast. I wake up suddenly (about 6.00am) found it was just a dream and thank to God cause it was not real one. But I felt it was so real in dream and until now I can able to recall it very well. I am confuse of finding for it’s meaning of the dream. Hope you able to help me to clarify the meaning of the dream.
    Thank you

  17. Grace

    I have a reoccurring dream for many years. I live near a waterhole, it is a dam from property when I was a child. A huge, very huge old crocodile lives there and is soundless, and watches for me, and hides in the water but can appear when I least expect it to do so on land not far from me. I am conscious all the time to watch for the position of this giant creature, and we live amicably side by side, as long as it doesn’t be near me. it is my responsibility to ensure my own safety from the beast I accept is part of my life. What is it. The crocodile will and wants to hurt me, with one bite I would be gone it is so large, we are very familiar to one another, and it is a dark grey, it is wise, old and super large and no sound is ever made from this beast, as though it is a constant silent threat I know is in my life, what do you think it is?

    1. David

      It’s very familiar to you. Perhaps a member of your family? An older member of the family.

  18. Adhara Rose

    I dreamed I had a laundry size bucket full of various sizes of alligators, mostly Palm size, all laying on top of each other. I was trying to keep them warm and kept having to move the bucket to where the Sun Was shining in the house. Some where laying on their backs, and when they stopped moving It was because of the sun light and I moved them all again. One about the size of my hand got out of the bucket and fell off the table. I tried to catch him but wasn’t fast enough. I think there may have been bigger ones outside but never really saw them.

  19. Brittany

    Well my my dream was we went to an old friends of my dads..i ended flirting with her son and she screamed at me telling me i fall in love to easy…well later on in the dream we are somewhere else trying to run to the place we were just at ( my two brotherrs and i, one whom i havent seen in years ) my dad falls behind to stall his friend.. we decide to take a shortcut and ccut through the water in the woods..i see a black head pop up and my brother screams “brittany don’t move” but the gator goes in on my leg and i just sit there it didn’t bite down completely but i felt the pressure…then i wake up



  21. Edwin

    I dreamed that I was in the jungle with my mother, on top of this cascade with no water just rocks and as I looked down I saw him he was huge, I was surprised that he was there still, as I threw a rock, he launched himself at me without bitting me, then Suddenly we came down at a swamp and looked for a gun (rifle) and as soon as I did, I told my mom to shoot it, she shot it twice but it just moaned and opened its eyes and left. Then I went to get more ammunition as soon as possible but the alligator was behind me and I started to swim underwater so he couldn’t notice me , after a while he did and I was suddenly with my brother who had no clue on what was going on and (making up jokes as always). It came after us and I was laughing in my head saying I’m not going to get eaten you are and that’s were it ended.

  22. matt

    i had a dream i was in a swamp surrounded by a plethora of albino crocodiles. they were jus laying there as if sun bathing. then i ventured to the water where my older brother jumped in and was almost eaten by an alligator. he kept encouraging me not to be afraid and to come in the water. as soon as i walked in the water a crocodile bit me on the arm and i forcefully threw it off and it jus disappeared from the dream and i awoke.

  23. matt

    my brother was almost eaten by an albino crocodile same as in the dream the whole time, not an alligator sorry.

  24. dominiq

    i had a dream were i was with my family and friends im my house and a crocadile got in my back yard and started to suround my mom the crocadile or gator was thick with realy dark green skin color and it was really big and it started to bite one of my moms feet but someone came toock the gator away and started to kick the gator in the face so i joined that pearson and started to kick the gator in the face to but i never find out who is the pearson.

  25. skyee

    What if you saved someone else from an alligator but you were terrified of it? And they were baby alligators , and the other people in my dream were not afraid of the alligators at all. Dream was placed at a beach house in Florida.

  26. renee

    I dreamed that my 16 year old son had a baby brownish greenish alligator or crocodile and he allowed it to sleeping partially in his mouth. The alligator bit the back of his throat and I panicked but he was fine and in no pain although a chunk was bitten out. There was no blood but I wanted him to go to the hospital because I was afraid of an infection setting in but he said he was okay and I let it go and woke up.
    My son is athletic, popular and well liked at school.
    I thought the dream was against me because I have a very deceitful, ruthless enemy at work and it seems like her goal is always to watch me and do everything possible to make me look bad or she wants everything I achieve whether it’s a new office, promotion, etc. Everything she does always seems to backfire on her but I ALWAYS have to watch my back. I don’t talk to her. I’ll speak and all business communications are by email which is good for me. I don’t trust her because she talks behind my back and two years ago tried to get me fired but i got a promotion instead. In the past she would always get her way as far as getting people moved out of our department but it didn’t work with me. My promotion took us from being equals and now her boss and I are equals. I know she does not want me to have a say in anything. I can see it in her eyes that she hates me.
    Please advise your thoughts on my dream. Thanks

  27. Joanne

    I had a dream that there was a crocodile in my attic I reached in grabbed him by the nose beat him up and threw him out doors he then had a fight with my dog who got injured then I came in my house and there was a ton of spiderwebs – recruits spider eggs like maybe 300 of them. And my car was dropped off at the body shop for some scratches and scrapes that it had a friend took me there. My dog needed to go to the vet he lost a lot of blood from the alligator bite. Little boy came to my bedroom and started knocking down the spider eggs and I pushed him out of my room and started vacuuming them all up… Then I woke up. Craziest dream I ever had

  28. John

    I rarely dream but my daughter has just died and I had a shocking dream where I was in a fairly smal room with 2 ,4 level bunk beds ….all occupied . There were these crocodiles who viciously attack all the men in the room ….very bloody . I managed to get out and seal the room . There was a woman I warned about not going in . Then there were these huge snakes …maybe pythons …that kept appearing and coiling round people including this woman and maybe me at one time . Mean while the crocodiles had figured by using one of them as a ladder they could get up to the men on the top bunk ( one crocodile seemed to be very intelligent and the leader) .By the top bunk there was a window which they could get through to the main large hall………..can’t remember any more but I was consumed with fear.

  29. Christian

    Almost the same dream. In my dream, my uncle was almost bitten by this huge crocodile, after that, my uncle swam with the crocodiles for no particular reason and he got eaten.

  30. Freckles

    The alligator in my dream was calm and smaller or medium sized and it was in my yard like next to a pool and I think I was taming it. I was cautious but not afraid of it. I’m not sure if it has to do with my worry over my son’s addiction or my relationships with the hurt/scared men I attract and spend years taming.

  31. Vench

    I dream of big beige color crocodile that is hopping in our bed or some kind of stage that me and my bf was in to save our lives and we feed it with something I cnt remember and it snap and snap it until it’s almost at my bf arms and it falls down and disappear but I saw its head its hiding under our bed ? And I try to find it to face it coz I’m scared if we get off from where we are it will chase us but can’t find it anymore instead we saw a lot of people dead and I assume bitten by that crocodile because of their wounds and broken bodies..that bothers me a lot.I don’t know what it means.

  32. felisha

    I was dreamin. About a big crocodile And shark in dark water me my mom and my youngest child 4 year old was watch in the front of the water the big crocodile my dad started walking towards it and the crocodile bite my father left foot off then we were all screaming in fear and my 4 year old just started to walk toward the water when the shark was bite little chuck of her skin off me n my mother were in the water trying to help them i was beating the crocodile with a stick on his face till he release my father legs his left legs was gone but its was bloody for some reason the big crocodile was face on his back dead and my mom drag my dad out the water and i was hold my little girl in my hands crying and tell her she gonna be okay she was bleeding light not much but she had a lot of open skin wounds I woke crying and scared can i get some answers please this is freacking me out cause some of my dream i have come true not sure if family memebers that past are trying to warning me or something can i get some answers

  33. Zoe Crick

    I had a dream where I bought a baby alligator or Croc not sure, as a pet. As soon as I got it home it grew big so we put it in the back garden. It didn’t snap at me and very often it was sat on the grass one eye open and one shut. But we had to keep rescuing two of my dogs (which were my old real dogs in the dream). It eventually got our border collie, not quickly and me and my sister were trying to stop it. She was outside hitting the alligator and I was inside with the patio doors shut. Opening them occasionally to pass her things to hit alligator with, like a broom. To try and rescue our dog. But we couldn’t. What does it mean?

  34. mimsey

    To dream about an alligator Someone that is in your circle of friends or family is not acting in a correct manner. You will recognize that the person is an enemy, and he or she seeks to trick you into thinking that you are a friend.
    To have this dream also means the release of the power in us called Jungian, an archetype known as the ‘Shadow.’ This is a dark power associated with enemies and conspiracies. This shadow casts itself as the heroic victim (martyr) of dark and stupendous forces. The shadow inside us is dangerous. Have you been having bad thoughts? Are you struggling to come to terms with a situation?
    The alligator is symbolic of someone who is ruthless, insensitive and treacherous. This person has a strong hold on you
    despite your efforts to break free from the unhealthy relationship.

  35. angiebr

    Had a dream this morning I don’t know why I was in this spot but I woke up and I was walking on green grass, then I was balancing my self on the edge of these really old looking bricks that just was above the water. I realized to the left of me there was a long piece of slanted rock with a bunch of debris stuck in it like the ones you see at the beach. I looked at it closely and saw water under it with baby crocodiles all huddled together. It didn’t bother me. If I remember they were greyish green. I notice the water coming up. I looked back behind me getting ready to head back and noticed it was flooded. There were alligators everywhere. They were just minding there own business. It only freaked me out to be this close and thought I had seen one coming closer to me. I noticed a dead baby alligator laying on top of the rock and threw it towards him and he ate it….Ewww. …I realized this was a dream for just a sec enough to know that I can fly above the water to the house we were at and then I woke up. The water was pretty clear, and brownish green for the most part and blue at the beginning when it was under the rock. The dream was vivid and pretty clear. The building was white and modern.

  36. lisa may

    Its dark cold and raining as always. I’m in what looks like a large black river in witch i have to cross. there will be a bridge but the water is high and its almost washing over .The black in color Croc seems to be lying next to or under the bridge..waiting for me to cross. Even if i can’t see it.. i know its there!!! so i always hop over the bridge and thats when the massive Black Croc stirkes. Snapping and chasing me, though the Croc never actually bites or catches me it comes very close.

  37. Sudha

    I had a dream. In that I saw single small 3 to 4 feet sized crocodile swimming inside a tank. At that time I thought that it should’nt cause any danger to my uncle. Then I saw the crock came out of water and ran out of my house’s compound and my sight.
    During the dream and after that I had a calm state of mind i.e. without any panic or fear. But I did concerned about my uncle’s safety.
    Any one Kindly explain me about this dream and it’s message.

    Thanks in advance.

  38. vyvo

    I had dream that my little sister and the guy i don’t know fall into the river with full of crocodile and it was huge.My little sister got eaten by crocodile alive and the guy that fall with her manage to save his self by climbing the tree.I keep calling my parent for help and they ignore me then i woke up from sleep.

    I wonder what does it mean.

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