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Dreaming About a Snake Attack

Snake Attack Dream

The meaning of a dream about a snake attack is tinted by the emotions felt by the dreamer, whether it’s fear, anxiety, surprise, feeling constricted or trapped.

Where in your life do you feel this way?  How you feel while you’re dreaming about this wild animal attacking you will give important clues to understand the meaning of your dream. The presence of an aggressive serpent  can be interpreted as a symbol of tension or resistance you experience in your waking life and need to acknowledge more fully.

Dream Meaning Summary

  • The instinctual part of yourself is being constrained; need to open up, express and channel it in more conscious and harmonious ways.
  • Threat whether perceived or real, worry; threatening feeling that is coming back at you after being avoided or cast out of your awareness; time to explore and face it.
  • Fear of taking risks; navigating moving waters, uncertainty.
  • You are in the process of becoming more aware, conscious.






What does being attacked by snakes in a dream mean?

Here are several definitions to help interpret your dream.

Dream Meaning #1: Facing a threatening situation in your life

A wild animal like a snake that attacks you in a dream could point to a situation that feels unsafe or threatening in your waking life.

The dream may be an expression of a strong discomfort, worry or even fear as you are being confronted with a challenging situation. Dreaming of a snake attack signifies that you’re not fully acknowledging these feelings or the situation and need to pay more attention to it.

The snake attack is an indication of the need to take care of whatever is triggering resistance in a more conscious manner. In other words, one of the main meanings of the dream is to face and explore what in your waking life is perceived as a threat and find ways to deal with it before it strikes.


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Snake Attack Dream

Dream Meaning #2: Fear of taking risks

Dreaming of a snake attack could be an expression of the fear of taking risks in an uncertain environment. The serpent represents the fear of risking too much and getting hurt.

The attack is an expression of the hesitancy, inner resistance towards making a move in a sensitive situation where you fell that every move on your part could be perceived as an attack by someone else or, in turn, trigger an attack towards you.

You need to examine if there’s a situation in your waking life where you need to take action and move carefully in order to bring a resolution. The dream may point to a relationship where you are “walking on egg shells”. It may also indicate that you need to take some risks and perhaps get “bitten” in the process in order to move forward.

Dream Meaning #3: Expressing an unresolved part of yourself

Snakes are untamed animals and as a dream symbol, they could represent a “wild”, untamed part of yourself that you or others may judge as socially or morally unacceptable.

Typically associated with sexual or sensual expression, the presence of the serpent in your sleep is associated with deep instinctual drives. It can be related to aggressively, expressing your primal energy, creativity.

A snake attack in a dream indicates that you are in the process of becoming more aware of that aspect of you, whether you want it or not. The attack reflects the inner tension between what has been hidden or repressed and is challenging your world now. The dream points to your resistance to change or to a fuller expression of a part of you that is being avoided or neglected.

Next Step: Make your Own Meaning

To go further with the interpretation of your snake dream, ask yourself the following questions. You can get more help by looking at the Snake Dream Interpretation Guide.

  • What kind of snake is in the dream?
  • Is a part of you like the snake in your dream?
  • Is a person in your life like the snake?
  • What aspect of yourself or deep desire do you secretly wish to bring to light and reveal to the world?








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141 Responses to Dreaming about a Snake Attack

  • Kylie

    I had dreamt that I was talking to someone in the street (never been in this street nothing is familiar) I get a feeling someone is behind me so I turned around an I notice this 8ft red belly black slithering in the neighbours yard close to where a toddler was playing then when the toddler stood up the snake started to go towards the kid so i threw something at it wouldn’t stop so I jumped the fence an threw a plastic container at the snake an then it put its focus on me it started striking at me so I grabbed it an that’s when it bit me on my index finger hand then someone came an killed it whilst I was still holding it then I woke up

    • Kylie

      (Right hand)

  • Sara

    I had a dream a thick black snake about 5 feet long with a shimmery underside was chasing me around a house I did not recognize. I tried to get away. Blocking every door every opening but it kept coming. Lunging at me. I was able to dodge it. I was terrified in the dream. I grabbed something sharp and stabbed it and pinned it to the ground and it spit a lot of venom all over my body. I woke up feeling scared. My husband told me I was whimpering in my sleep. What could this mean? I’ve had the same dream 2 nights in a row

  • Joseph

    I had a dream of either a giant green snake or reptile that is swallowing my left arm.  What could it mean?

  • Kaz Tricia Meyer

    Dreamed of a green snake staring at me by the front door, I screamed for this girl Rolien to help but she was late in coming, and as I started to run through the house this snake started chasing me , & as I got outside i jumped up but the snake caught up & jumped to attack me , but then I woke up

  • Kenzie

    I dreamt the behind a curtain all i could see was the tail of the snake, when i pulled apart the curtains I seen it was attacking a cat, by me pulling the curtains apart it gave the cat time to bolt away from the snake.

  • Holly

    I was dreaming of a real long big red snake with tiny black dots on it chasing me very fast (I had roller skates on..well one on) and it so how wrapped a little around one foot and I took the roller skate and was trying to run and smash its head in with and as I did that it wrapped around my other foot and started releasing toxins through my body and then I woke up..

  • V cedillo

    I had a dream I was walking in swampy deep water. The water came up to my neck and I saw a small black water snake swim to me and I grabbed it with difficulty from the head and threw far away from me. Then another much bigger black water snake came swimming at me and I tried to grab it but it was so strong and I could control it and it attacked me.

  • Wil

    I forgot what happen before but all i remembered was some snakes in gummy form crawled toward me and all i did was taking it for and throwed it away.

  • Anne

    In my dreams im in my father’s house (the house where i lived during my childhood) i was about to feed his pet snake in my dreams (in reality he doesnt have any) then i found another snake eating a pet dog so i rescued the dog. Then the snake moved away. Then i found my dad’s snake in my dreams eating my guinea pig i rescued my guinea pig without hurting the snake but the snake died and i realized it had alrrady eaten my another smaller guinea pig. So i kept my pets inside the house my dogs and g. Pigs when i saw a bigger colofrul retic python chasing over my smaller dog so i panic and ran after them. I was very defensive of my pets. Then neighbors knocked on our door (but i really dont know them i just know them in my dreama) then they seek advice because their king snake died. I told them im running after my small dog whose being chased by a bigger colorful retic python in the neighbor.then i was able to get my dog and kept them from.going out. But in my dreams im scared that they might come back. This is i think the 2nd time i had snake in my dreams on the same location.

  • Stephanie

    In my dream I was in an unfamiliar home with my son. While talking my son looks at me and says, “I told you it was coming” at the same time a snake is coming up through the floor and started chasing me. I’m not sure what kind of snake it was, all I can say is it’s body was very slender and long almost like a baby snake but it’s head was full adult size. At one point I attempted to face the snake and grab it by its face to keep it from biting me while I waited for help. But the snake was so strong it twisted and turned until it was able to bite me and put my whole hand in its mouth. I got away and took off running again. No matter which room or floor I was on it would come up through the floor and chase me trying to bite me as I’m running. Then I wake completely terrified and scared.

  • vikrant

    I saw a black anaconda.with three more persons I tried to kill him .actually it was in my house.bullets of guns nothing to do they were not able to penetrate into the snake some bullets Pierced the anaconda.Anaconda killed all three men.I tried to incarcerate the anaconda but my aunt open the gate of house and it looked for me.it killed two girls and then killed me and I woke up

  • Ambria

    In my dream, I was at work and my mom came to talk to me about something. We walked to the front of the office and while my moms back was turned I noticed a huge green anaconda sitting on the bench. A child was playing and walking in that area when the anaconda started to slither it’s way over. As i’m screaming for the child not to go in that area it’s as if no one could hear me at all. then suddenly everyone hears the child screaming mommy. at this point my mother and i start distancing ourselves from the snake as a good samaritan attempts to cut the snake open for the child. in the dream the child was not mine. in real life i do not have kids and am terrified of snakes!

  • Elisa

    In my dream, I was walking out of a ranch looking-like place with my mom when I turned to my left I saw a brown snake looking at me. It was propped up just staring. I didn’t feel threatened I just wanted to slowly move away so that it didn’t attack me or my mom but as I tried to tell my mom about it the snake jumped at me. I didn’t feel a bite just the weight of the snake. Next thing I know I am being taken to the hospital because I was bitten three times. On my way to the hospital, I kept asking for my fiance and so I called him to let him know I was going to die, something I always say when I get very sick. He was not very worried but he agreed to meet with us at the hospital. I was confused because I felt like people were trying to tell me not to call him. Has anyone dreamt of something like that before?

  • Al

    I am walking out of a room when a snake appears thatbits rising almost as if to walk…so it’s not cooked up threatening to strike it is almost elevated & coming at me. I believe my boyfriend shows up just in time & he wakes me or he grabs my hand to pull me

    • Al

      Oops…
      It appears as if it is rising**
      it’s not coiled up**

  • Gina

    I had a dream I was walking with one girl with me going in high place but when we reach up I saw I place like farm and their is Brown water while we walking in the water suddenly I saw snake and tought it was dead a lot of snake and they eated the girl with me and I keep running but their is a lot of snake around me and suddenly their is a lot of cow and it made me save.

  • Khushi

    I had a dream of a person trying to threaten me with a dead snake but I am unharmed. What does it mean?

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