Dreams About Alligators, Crocodiles – Meaning and Interpretation

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Dreams about crocodiles or alligators are usually at least partially disturbing, because the animals mentioned provoke the feeling of being endangered and threatened and, of course, afraid.

In most of the cases with crocodile or alligator related dreams, people dream similar scenarios of these deadly animals chasing or biting them. Not funny at all, we have to admit.

These dreams are either extremely scary and disturbing or, at least, unpleasant.

If you had any type of dream featuring crocodiles or alligators, you certainly wonder what it could possibly mean, especially if you live in a country where these animals could be seen only at the zoo.

Dreams about crocodiles and alligators have many interpretations, but, most commonly, they reflect negative emotions from a dreamer’s waking life. It is most likely that a dreamer feels uncomfortable, threatened and somehow endangered in reality.

Most people who dream about these dangerous exotic reptiles feel uneasy in their real life.

Perhaps there are people around you who want to ‘bite’ you, to hurt you and spoil your plans. Maybe you are not even aware of their intentions or even of who are those people.

Dreams about dangerous animals often reflect our difficulties with dealing with stressful or very negative situations in our waking lives. Our unwillingness and uneasiness with facing challenges and taking responsibility or accepting consequences are common triggers for dangerous animals’ related dreams.

However, the exact meaning of your crocodile or alligator dream depends exclusively on personal and intimate details about your life and the dream itself. It would be useful to memorize and recall details from your dream.

For example, it is not the same if the crocodile was calm and still or it was aggressive. Try to remember if the reptile was on the ground or in the water, was it swimming or running. All of the details could be helpful when interpreting your crocodile/alligator dream.

Furthermore, we will talk about specific dreams featuring these large reptiles. Dreams about crocodiles and alligators are not as common as dreams about, say, dogs, wolves or various types of birds, but still they occur in many dreamers.

Of course, if you have recently seen a crocodile or an alligator, in nature or in captivity, the very sight of such a strong and scary animals might have a great impression on you, so you still see it in your dreams.

In addition, we would like to mention that interpretations are same for both crocodiles and alligators in dreams, including for other close relatives of these big reptiles, such as caimans.

All of have many biological features in common and they all belong to the order of Crocodilia.

That is why we refer to all of these as crocodiles. To make things clearer in following paragraphs, we will simply use the term ‘a crocodile’ for all of these animals.

Dreams about seeing a crocodile

What if you see a crocodile in your dream? This dreadful reptile must have left an impression, no matter what are the dream details.

If you have only seen a crocodile in your dream, without having any contact with it, your dream could be best interpreted through understanding of the basic crocodile symbolism.

Crocodiles could symbolize many things, but they are most often associated with strength, patience, tactfulness and lethality. If you have seen a crocodile in your dream, try to connect this symbol with your current real life situation.

If you generally feel good and content, a crocodile or alligator might represent yourself. It means you are strong and thoughtful about your decisions and actions. This could also be a reminder to stay calm and don’t let outer factors shake you and spoil your plans.

You are getting ready to act and patiently work on your plans, with dedication, focus and caution.

Just as a crocodile patiently waits for its prey to approach, you wait until the right opportunity comes up. This could be a very positive dream.

On a negative side, seeing a crocodile in your dream maybe implies betrayal. If you generally feel insecure and as if you cannot trust people around you, the crocodile represents a threat.

Someone you do trust could betray you or use you to achieve their own goals, without thinking how that might affect you. Someone is hiding an unpleasant truth from you and you will be deeply disappointed once you find out what it was about.

It could be something intended to harm you or something with a good intention, but not played out well.

Seeing a crocodile in your dream could have another positive interpretation and it is about protection and guardianship. If you feel strangely calm and good about seeing such a dreadful creature in your dream, the crocodile possibly represents a strong and influential figure from your waking life.

It is someone who keeps an eye on you and cares about you all the time, even if you are unaware of his or her protection.

The person is not pressing or pushy; he or she just wants always to be sure you feel safe and secure. That person could be your parent, your best friend, your partner, even your mentor, your boss, your doctor or anyone else you feel close to.

This type of dream is always related to unseen, subtle form of protection that does not put you in a cage, does not control you and has nothing to do with manipulation.

It could also mean someone you see though and insensitive actually deeply cares about you.

Dreams about a crocodile in the water

Dreams about a crocodile or an alligator in the water are usually positive ones, especially if you feel okay with such a sight in your dream; meaning, you do not feel scared, rather curious about it.

The crocodile represents your talents, strength and potential, if the animal sits still in the water. Water is its natural environment and crocodiles are familiar with it.

This dream means you feel comfortable in your surroundings, like a fish in the sea or, better to say, a crocodile in the water.

If the animal is calm and you cannot see all of its body, because it is partially covered with water, it means you have truly amazing skills, talents and potentials, but you are afraid to show them off.

You are a talented, but insecure person; you should think better about yourself. You hide your talents, because you are afraid of other people’s judgment or you think you would be laughed at.

Perhaps you also follow a path that is out of the mainstream, so you feel as if you could be rejected by people.

This dream suggests you have a lot of strength within, both emotional and mental strength; you should be more courageous, because there is nothing stopping you from progress, except your own restrictions. You feel good staying in your comfort zone, where you have everything you currently need.

However, a very quiet, little inner voice says you actually desire something more. The time has come to step out of your safe harbor.

Dreams about a crocodile on the ground

If you dream about a crocodile outside of the water, that means you do not feel comfortable about your current life situations.

You can deal with it, but you feel unpleasant, as if you continually and unsuccessfully are trying to fit in. You feel your best when staying in the environment you are used to, maintaining relations with people you already know. You do not like changes, especially not major ones. They make you insecure and scared.

However, this dream could have a positive meaning. It could reflect your feeling of being uncomfortable with current situation that is not negative at all. You just need more time to get used to positive changes.

If you are a type of person who likes routine and well-established schedules and habits, you might feel shaken and out of track, even when facing positive changes. You have probably embraced a new opportunity in your waking life, but you still wander if the decision was right.

Dreams about an aggressive crocodile

Dreams about an aggressive crocodile could be very disturbing, even if the animal has not bitten you in your dream or whatsoever.

An aggressive crocodile represents incredibly strong emotions, especially feelings of being helpless, angry and sad. We talk about a type of dreams in which you only see an aggressive crocodile.

The animals is a symbol of your suppressed emotions or those that are so strong, you cannot control them neither in your waking life nor in your dreams.

An angry crocodile in water represents your terrible fear of changes. You literally cannot imagine your life in a different way and you are really anxious about some changes you are thinking of.

You cannot influence everything, so you have to deal with certain new plans and new organization (for example, moving somewhere else, job changes, changes in some family relations etc.).

However, such thing makes you feel restless, anxious and angry with them. You like your life to be calm, without major amplitudes.

If you dream about an angry crocodile on the ground, it means you feel helpless and manipulated by others.

You do not fit in and you do not feel comfortable speaking your mind. You let others control you, even if you are very much aware things could be different.

However, you do not have will or motivation to face those who control your decisions and actions.

You let them do so and you feel very angry. You are angry with them, as well as extremely unsatisfied with your own behavior.

Dreams about being attacked by a crocodile

Dreams about being chased and/or attacked by a crocodile are extremely unpleasant, scary and terrifying, depending on particular scenario.

If you are being chased by a crocodile in our dreams, it could be a reflection of a threat from your waking life, one which you are either aware of or not.

On the other hand, this dream could also mean you are trying to run from yourself, meaning you do not want to face consequences of something you have said or done.

A crocodile is a reptile and reptiles are symbolically associated with something ancient, primal. They symbolize our instincts, our unconscious part of mind. Therefore, dreams about being chased or attacked by a crocodile mean you instinctively react to certain real life situation.

It could also be a warning sign; your intuition is perhaps so strong that it uses dreams as a channel to alarm you in proper time. Analyze your current life circumstances and think about possible dangers.

Dreams about being attacked by a crocodile could also mean you are likely to be betrayed by people whom you trust very much. You will be angry, sad and disappointed at the same time and you will not know what to do with so strong emotions.

Partially, you are also feeling scared, because now you suspect everybody and trust no one.

If you dream about a crocodile attacking another person, it reflects your worries about someone dear to you. This dream is not uncommon in those who have children and might reflect their fears of what could happen to their little ones.

It could be a reflection of worrying too much and overreacting to normally potentially dangerous situations in waking life (for example, if a child cuts him/herself, if a child is a bit sick, if a child is late for dinner or so).

Particularly, dreams about a crocodile attacking or biting a child reflect parents’ overprotective behavior.

Dreams about taming a crocodile

IF you dream about trying to tame a crocodile, it means you are in search for peace within yourself.

You are finally ready to face consequences of your deeds and decisions and to embrace yourself the way you are. You are ready to change yourself for better, being aware of your flaws and things that could be improved.

Taming a crocodile in a dream symbolically represents calming down your primal, instinctive side and putting more sense in everything you do.

On the other hand, dreams about taming a crocodile mean you are ready to forgive people who have hurt you in the past. This will bring you an incredible relief and you will feel much better.

You do not want to burden yourself with ill thoughts about people and now you know that what is done-it is done. There is no coming back, because life goes on. This realization will make you feel good about yourself and help you move forward.

Dreams about taming a crocodile and stepping on its back means you are really close to reach balance between your instinct and your sense. You know there are things you have to accept and those you can improve.

This dream means your emotions, thoughts and actions are being synchronized and harmonized. Another meaning of this dream is that you have risen above your problems and you start thinking very rationally about them.

This means you will definitely be able to deal with all challenges in front of you, you just have to believe in yourself.

Dreams about standing on a crocodile’s back means you are conquering either your own bad sides and negative thoughts and emotions or you are successfully dealing with certain problems from your waking life.

Whatever the true meaning behind this dream is, it is overall a positive and encouraging one.