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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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158 Responses to Dreaming about a Snake Attack

  • Silvia

    I dreamt about a red and white snake whose tail was tied to its mid body n was struggling to get itself free . In this attempt it jumped on my house window n tried to attack my mom and when he couldn’t it tried to fit inside a hole in the window which was surrounded by lots of small spiders

  • Danielle

    I dreamt I heard noise from a cardboard box and the closer I got to it, the more I could hear it was chirping.  When I opened the box it was a nest of helpless baby birds, 2 thin small snakes trying to attack and a mama bird trying to defend her babies.  I ran and grabbed my father for help.  He put seeds on some change in his hands to distract the birds while he grabbed the snakes and (I think) killed them.  Then I woke up.  Not very often my dreams are that vivid.  Anyone?

  • Martin

    I was in an army style tent, think canvas, no windows. A small black snake came from the side of the tent and tried to bit me, I managed to get hold of it behind its head and killed it by cutting its head off, this was then repeated with another snake. There was then a 3rd snake which came in through the open door and it was much more difficult to handle, it kept on slipping out of my hands every time I reached for the knife and I had to strangle it in the end

  • Paromita Chatterjee

    I was dreamed that my husband is playing with a wild snake. He is showing it to me and saying it wont do nything. But I was in a fear. Suddenly that snake bites me very wildly and I woke up.please tell me what does it mean?
    Paromita

  • Priyanka

    Hi,

    In my dream, I was at a sea-shore (given a choice that would be my to-go place).

    Suddenly spotted a white & red stripped snake approaching me from a distance. I was supposed to walk a bit further and turn right. My anticipation was that the snake would block my path so I ran in its direction to take the turn but eventually slowed down while the snake reached that turn and blocked my path. It was risky to walk backwards so I decided to dodge and run from the other side however that snake actually chased me and dived onto me. It flew across my shoulder to harm me but I wasn’t hurt at all though it built up great amount of fear. I was extremely scared and that’s when I woke up. I was afraid to sleep again but somehow calmed myself down and tried to sleep.

    After reading this article, I can definitely say there are many fears especially to express myself, to bring out the hidden creativity as I’m an artist with good potential, to take the first step in exploring that side and that I’m afraid of few people I work with in a different industry fearing they aren’t leading me into right direction.

    Have I correctly interpreted my dream is what I wish to understand from you. Looking forward to your response.

  • MATTHEW VERGEL

    I was cleaning a table then when i was cleaning under it. A violet snake bitten me in my right hand.

    • Blessing

      You don’t have to worry about the this. Just be careful of close allies who know some depth aboutl. It may be a time you need to be more careful so that you are not betrayed without a defense.

  • Vayileng vang

    So I dremt that I was hearing a dude talking about how there was a good warrior he fought and there it was him standing there in this murky water it was like a pond and when I went to it it fell over and then crocodile or alligators idk started emerging from the water then I see snakes near the bank as I try to get out but I was unable too as they were trying to bite me but I would catch them before they bit me and I remember catching one of the snakes with my left hand.

  • Ari

    I dreamt I was at some kind of function walking around there were people there that I have either not seen in a long time or don’t speak to anymore. At one point I’m walking into a room (wooden dark wood like a museum exhibit). Walking out of the room are an old friend, who I have not been friends with in at least 15 yeard, and her mom. I pass them, they are on my left. I can’t recall if we spoke but I didn’t feel animosity or anything.  As I walked in on my left as well is a snake display and a reddish little snake comes out and attacks me. I have on a long winter puff coat so although it hits my leg and I feel it it’s more like just the sheer force of it’s head that hits me but it grabs onto my coat. I stop and scream but not panic. It falls and I start to run and the same thing happens. The third time I’m screaming bloody murder and someone (can’t remember if it was the old friend I passed or the cleaning lady that was also in the hallway) comes in and sprays the snake with fire extinguisher and hits off and its head breaks appart when it hits the ground. Almost kind of unphased I say thanks and walk out back to the function. I’m walking around with the cleaning lady who I know but not sure ffom where or how. And people know that I’m the one who the snake attacked. I remember she and I walked past a big group of guys taking a group pic and one of the guys was an ex that we had a complicated/not nice breakup. After we pass them shes no longer with me and I’m back at the room where the snake attacked me and I walk right in. There are some older professor like men in there investigating. They question me about it and I tell them I’m fine just sore on my leg. They’re trying to figure out the kind of snake etc to see if it’s poison and I walk out. When I walk out there is a guy there. This is guy is the president and founder of a company that I interviewed with almost 2 years ago. The interview process was horrible, the recruiter had to idea what he was doing the neither did the hiring manager. I did 1 phone screening, 2 phone interviews and an in person interview. I was finally offered the job only to be called the following day by thr vp, who I actually know and was part of the in person interview. He informed me that they were rescinding the offer!! Anyway, I reintroduced myself to the president and he asked was I ok as he heard about the snake. He looked haggard, which is very uncharacteristic. I told him I was ok and walked on. That’s when my leg started hurting and I noticed imthere were three lumps forming where the snake hit me…then I woke up.

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