Reptiles and snakes in a dream relate to instincts and sensations that are somewhat unconscious and self regulating. As one of the oldest and most durable creatures, dreaming of lizards, salamanders or iguanas can portray the power of your survival instincts, both good and bad. In some cases, the message can be coaching you toward self preservation but more often than not, dreams of these creatures can embody the need to examine self destructive tendencies. Dreams of reptiles related to water can symbolize movement within the unconscious as something comes to the surface to reveal the power of your biological drives like anxiety and sexual impulses. As a symbol of transformation or how you can learn to shed 'your old skin' reptiles often have a message related to letting go of a dysfunctional approach to anxiety. On a grand scale, the Dragon is a symbol of metamorphosis and empowerment. The lizard, like all reptiles, can represent defense mechanisms or the flight or fight response as it is currently active. See also Reptiles.