Unlike warm blooded and emotionally reactive mammals, reptiles are associated with autonomous reaction, being cold blooded and protection. Dreaming of reptiles can show instinctive reactions. The turtle can portray covering your feelings or insecurities when you are hurt or feeling shy. The turtle is also a common symbol of the collective unconscious and can represent merging with deeper aspects and potentials of the group. Because of their longevity, they can represent what is unchanging about you. See also Reptiles.