Snakes are well known and much feared creatures. They cause hide well and cause painful bite, with snakes often having a warning to tell to others before biting. Many people do not realize these warnings and end up bitten by the snake.
There is a saying, “Knowledge is power”, and this totem gives reminders that this saying is indeed true. There is no reason to hide from knowledge, it should be embraced.
The snake lets it be known that change occurs and that part of what we were shall be gone eventually. In a way, skin is shed like a snake and a part of what we were shall be left behind eventually.
Patience is considered a virtue, and this totem teaches to embrace patience, to develop it. Patience is a virtue useful to develop as it tends to be useful in certain aspects in life.