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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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167 Responses to Dreaming about a Snake Attack

  • V. Bright

    I had a dream that someone knew I was afraid or fear snakes and in the dream a man said to me , look what I got for you and I looked into the bed of his truck and there laid a snake (blackish brown) I jumped. I was carrying one grandsons who is 6,8,10 don’t know exactly which one the grandson in the dream was small enough for me to carry. Anyhow I left from seeing the snake in the back of the Man’s truck proceeded to walk on I looked to the left side of me and saw in a small ditch 4 more big size ones. I thought I better leave away from here now the man might get one and send it after me. Sure enough he did just that. Somehow my oldest daughter appears in the dream but younger and she saw what the man had did , she walked along side of the snake but it paid her no mind. The snake was on the path to get me. I was in a lot of mud trying my best to walk as fast as I could and looking back and the snake was gaining up on me real fast to the point it finally grasped my left ankle with his mouth I shouted oh Jesus! I didn’t feel a bite and I suddenly woke up. Just wondered what that dream could be?

  • Kyle

    Okay… Well… I had a really weird dream about a snake. In the dream, an anaconda, or more likely a giant boa or python (it was sort of brownish-tan in the dream but I don’t remember the eye color even though the snake and I met gazes at one point), grabbed someone. In the dream, it basically grabbed the person and started to squeeze on them while holding them up in the air as it’s head was hung over a pole with the rest of it’s body hanging down and constricting the person it was attacking. In the dream, the person was calling out for help, but I couldn’t figure out how to free this person from the snake because I wasn’t strong enough to hurt it. It was someone I’d never met (at least to my knowledge), and in the dream, I knew it was an enemy of mine that was being attacked. The snake didn’t move when it saw me, and just watched me as I tried to figure out how to free this person, at one point we even locked eyes. During this whole sequence, it made no effort to attack me, and just watched me. Even though I knew it was an enemy of mine in the dream being slowly strangled, I still tried to help her, mostly because I’m a pretty compassionate person that I will even help an enemy if it means saving someone’s life. When I did put my hand on it, my hand got stuck for a moment before I managed to pull it away like somehow I got glued to it by touching it. When I managed to pull my hand away, I realized that the snake was still trying to hold this person, cause she was still begging for help. However, it wasn’t trying to kill her anymore (at least it didn’t look like it), but was just holding her as it watched me. At no point did it even occur to me that the snake could well attack me if I threatened it, nor did it ever seem like it even wanted to attack me. But before I could figure out how to help this person, I woke up. After I woke up, I had the idea that I could have reached up with a large enough knife and probably cut the body away from the head, but in the dream that idea didn’t come to me. And it was almost immediately I had that idea when I woke up. If I had been in the dream for even a few moments longer, I’m sure my dream self would have looked for a knife I could have used to cut the snake’s “neck” so I could free this person. I’m rather curious what this dream means. I don’t remember the stuff leading up to that moment in the dream, cause it was a pretty long dream, but I only remember that moment when I heard someone calling for help and saw the giant snake.

  • Dylan

    I had a dream about a Cobra attacking and spitting venom in the face of my father.

  • AIZA

    I have a dream about black snake. Theres a baby crying inside the blanket and we dunno why. So I open the blankey ang I saw the snake tail and the snake jump in my back and I was so scared and run. But I didnt the snake.

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