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Dreaming about Being Bitten by a Snake

Snake Bite Dream

Dreaming of being bitten by a snake is one of the most common and striking snake dreams. While the dreamer is likely to wake up scared or confused about the meaning of such a dream, a general interpretation considers snake bite imagery in dreams as a precious warning or wake up call regarding your waking life.

A snake biting you symbolically signifies that you need to pay attention to a challenging situation or emotion that has not yet been completely acknowledged and dealt with.

Snake Bite Dream Meanings

  • The snake bite symbolizes a wake up call
  • Warning about a situation, activity, behavior or thought that are “poisonous” in your life.
  • Warning about something that paralyzes your ability to make a choice in order to take the next step in your life or a relationship
  • Resistance to what is perceived as a “temptation” or a situation that challenges your beliefs or values
  • Sign that you’re on the verge of a deep personal transformation

What does being bitten by a snake in a dream mean?

What does dreaming about a snake bite mean? Here are several meaning definitions to help interpreting your dream.






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Dream Meaning #1: Pay attention to something you’ve been ignoring

Dreaming of being bitten by this wild reptile can be interpreted as a painful reminder that you need to pay attention to a situation or relationship that has been challenging or difficult to deal with in your waking life. A snake biting you in a dream symbolizes your own guidance system or unconscious trying to get your attention through a wake up call.

You’re becoming more aware about an issue or aspect of yourself that you’ve been ignoring. The snake bite has the effect of prompting a reaction on your part, whether it’s pain, surprise or fear. Often, the dreamer will wake up right after the snake bites her in the dream. The attack from the serpent can therefore point to the need to wake yourself up, in your life too, from a situation where you have been compromising too much.

A dream of a snake bite reminds you that you need to resolve or come to terms with a situation or behavior that is paralyzing your ability to make a decision or move forward. Getting bitten by this wild creature is an invitation to examine what is currently “poisonous” in your life and to remedy it.

Dream Meaning #2: Meaning of the body part that is bitten by the snake

The dream interpretation will vary depending on what part of the body is being bitten. Consider the meaning you give to the part and how it related to what is challenged or needs to change in your waking life.

For instance, a snake bite to the right hand means that you are conflicted about taking action or making the right choice in your life; it could suggest that you are preoccupied with acting in fairness or maintaining a healthy transparency in a relationship whether it is intimate or related to work.

Being bitten by a snake in the back could indicate that you need to pay attention to ill words or deceitful actions of people around you; it could also mean that you need to resolve issues from the past or concerns that you have been carrying with you for a long time.

Dream Meaning #3: You’re holding back your wild, untamed side

When you dream of a snake biting you, the animal may reflect conflictual urges or desires you have in waking life and that are hard to grasp or control. Dreaming of a snake brings to your attention, through the image of this animal, to a part of you that you or possibly others consider as “wild”, untamed, perhaps even “out of control”.

Snake Bite Dream






This inner conflict may have escaped your attention or you may have seen it looming over you, just like the animal in the dream before it strikes. The fact the snake is biting you indicates that you are in the process of becoming more conscious of what you need to do to take control of a situation or matter that has been creeping in

Dream Meaning #4: Transformation is painfully taking place in your life

The serpent is delivering the antidote to numbing yourself and avoiding what needs to be done to get to the next step in your life. The snake bite may point to a shift occurring in your awareness, a transformation: You are on the verge of becoming more aware about a matter that was previously hidden or avoided.

This radical shift may be experienced in a painful manner at first, but will be beneficial in the long run. This wake up call is part of your growth process.

Dream Meaning #5: Struggle with temptation

Dreaming of a snake biting you may represent the archetypal presence of temptation in your life. Just like the serpent in the Garden of Eden in the judeo-christian tradition, the animal in your dream could connect to a “temptation”, desire or situation you feel conflicted about because of it does not fit in your usual beliefs or ethical values.

The snake bite is a wake up call to face whatever is causing tension, perhaps even challenge some of your core beliefs or values and get a fresh perspective.






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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.

  • How afraid are you of the snake and/or the bite in your dream?
  • Which part of your body does the snake bite? Look at the corresponding meanings.
  • How are you resisting change in your life?
  • Has a fear of making a decision paralyzed your ability to stand for yourself or move forward in your life?

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1638 Responses to Dreaming about Snake Bite

  • mm

    I dreamed of a snake around my right arm and it hold me tides before it bit me. that is when i woke up screaming.

  • Sheila

    I dream that a snake bite on my back and right finger. What does that mean

  • Shavon

    I was at a resort with friends. Ut was a hot summers day. I was walking around taking photos amd videos of the resort.  I was pushing a pram but it had no baby in it. I wanted to take a photo of this spit braai and as I got there I walked so close to this snake. It was a very long snake and a guy was holding it by its tail. He was quite a distance away. He was in eye level with me. So the guy didn’t even try pull the snake away. So I turn around to try get away and my thought was to save the baby but in the beginning of the dream there was no baby I’m the pram. As I turned around the snack bit me at the back of my head. I collapsed to the ground and then i woke up

  • Morgan

    My dream happened in the day. I was walking in a field and when I saw the snake was so scared. Then the snake started to follow me. I tried to run, for whatever reason, and it was like the snake picked up on my fear and slithered faster towards me. I managed to fall to the ground where the snake crawled up me and bit me on the right side of my chest. Then I woke up.

  • Mz.Grits

    Well my dream took place September 23rd 2017 it was night time I want to say around 10 late or early 11 p.m. well I never had a dream like this before all I know is when I fell asleep listening to some Beethoven Moonlight instrumental music, well I guess I fell asleep because in my dreams it was as if I had a pet snake and it looks like it had a rat wrapped around hole in it all I can remember me saying was I’m going to give you some water and next thing I know it strike at me the first time but missed I’m not sure it might not had it but the second time it strike me and it hit me on my left cheek and then I woke up scared as hell paranoid 😅 checking the whole dam crib and then that’s when I looked up about the whole snake dream I would sincerely like to know what the hell that was about but so far some of the stuff that I did read in the dream for a snake dreams was right on the nail but I couldn’t find anything about as far as the meaning of when the snake bites you on certain body parts which on my left cheek

  • Annah

    My dream took place in the middle of the Nyt. It felt like I was being taken on a snake tour but could not see the guide could only feel n hear him. So walking down the street where different types of snakes were biting me could even feel the side effects on the dream but I never died. Was later shown of the snake that are said to bit only Kings and also witnessed the snakes going to place only occupied by Kings I guess they were trying to show me how intelligent those types of snakes were. What bothers me is me getting to feel the bite itself n feeling all the side effects but never dying n all the snakes bit my right index finger.. plz help interpret.

  • Laura

    I dreamt last night that a snake bit my left leg by my ankle. I couldn’t tell if it was poisonous but in my dream I went to the hospital and they gave me medicine and they put a cast on my leg/ankle area. What does that mean?

  • Marites claver

    I dreamed i had bitten by a snake on my left ring finger. What does it mean?

  • Jelah

    Dreaming my son snake bite his left hand

  • Bodil simon

    i dreamt of a snake biting my left hand while i was about to do my final exam.
    what does it mean?

  • Mary

    I dream last night that the small black snake bite me in my head.But i bite him back untill the body get separeted until I woke up .I dont remember if the the head of a snake still biten me coz im awake alraedy.What das it mean about bite me in my head.

  • Arinitwe Frank

    For me the snake bit me in the neck, what does it mean

  • Jerome

    Was bitten by a snake on my had but I was not frightened it bit me and I removed it and let it go on its way.

  • Tina

    I dreamt i was travelling a path with friend and i mistakenly stepped on a huge serpent so when i realized it was a huge serpent i tried to escape its anger only to meet other several smaller ones of different colours searching for my friends and i. Now we came accross a goldy looking one lying on a stone on our only path to escape, ready to attack. We tried to escape that route but i was bitten on my right hand by the snake. So my friends and i tied my arm to prevent the poison from crawling up and we gained help from a local health practioner who brought all the poison out leaving a dark spot scare on my right wrist. Later this health practioner was killed spiritually the next day for healing me in the dream.please what does it mean?

  • Vicki Hazel

    I dreamed I had fallen under a tree and could not get up and a big snake was getting ready to strike at me in my face. Immediately I woke up screaming. What does this mean?

  • Eden canete

    In my dream i was bitten in my neck by snake while i was sleep and then i was struggle to kill it and ny husband also help me, pls interpret

  • TM

    I saw in my dream that my friend was bitten by a snake and i sucked the poison out of his body

  • Sheena

    I saw a dream i was on the mountain and i saw one old woman biting by a white snake.  I shouted and after that i was awake.  What is that mean?  Need answers.  Thank u.

    • Joan Wanyutu

      in a dream one hitting of the head of a snake and swallowing it, what’s the meaning

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