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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328 Responses to Dreaming about Snake Bite

  • Chanika Davis

    I keep dreaming about snakes but last night I dreamed about a pretty colorful one bitting me on my back. My oldest son was there also with my other kids. I’m scared because I don’t know wat this could mean with snakes steady being in my dream.

  • Esmie

    I dreamt a snake bit me in my eye?

  • Shenaya

    I dreamt about my boyfriend being bitten by a snake yesterday. That snake bit his finger. I dont remember which hand it was but am curious about what does that means. Can anyone help me out on this pls

  • Angela

    I dreamed last night that I stumbled onto a den of snakes. One was a white snake with a diamond on its forehead. All of the snakes attacked and bit me. It’s also interesting to note that three years ago today (according to the memory app on Facebook) I dreamed that I fell off of a bridge into a stream full of snakes that bit me.

    • Helen Mcmullen

      I had basically the same dream last night, I walked into a bunch of snake’s and a white snake bit my foot, it had orange on it though, but a White snake could mean a wake up call could happen or a transformation of sorts, so pay attention

  • Ben from MS

    I dreamt I was laying in bed after work just relaxing. I got up to go to the kitchen and I came back and there was a giant inland taipan lounging in my bed. I was fearful. I tried to scare it away and wait for the serpent to move but it didn’t. Eventually I over came my fear and flung a blanket over it scooped it up in the blanket and that’s when I felt it bite me twice on my right index finger and knuckle. I put the blanket wrapped serpent in a closable trash can and went to my fiancee and shown her and her family but their reactions ranged from indifferent to ‘go fu@@ yourself.’ That is when I woke up.

  • Jamilla

    I dreamt last night that there were snakes all over my house big and small and my mom was helping me try to get them out of the house I managed to pick up four and throw them in the closet and I was bitten on my right hand twice by two different snakes the larger snake I killed outside and smashed a baby snake but the others remained in the closet. The weird thing aside from the snakes is my mom passed away last year. 😔 Idkw that dream meant.

  • Sanjay Tiwari

    I dreamt a long snake biting on my right leg while I was walking through a jungle it was on a tree I cried for help and many people came to my rescue they are carrying me to a hospital I can see tangs marks on my leg and constantly trying to get blood out of it.. dreaming was for 15-20 minutes and they are carrying me to a hospital

  • Kat

    I dreamt a blue snake bit me twice on the left hand. It wouldnt let go, I had to prise it from my hand which left huge wounds. It left teeth in my flesh. I wrapped the wound with a towel and pulled my children to me. We were rescued by helicopter and taken to a hospital. It was then I woke.

    I can’t find anything to explain this dream. It was so vivid and real, I am sure there is a deeper meaning for me.

    • Sam

      Oh my god!! I just had a dream about riding in a blue pickup truck with my dad and while riding in the car a large blue python bit my left hand! Only I could feel it sucking my blood! I turned to my father and woke up because the sensation of the bite on my hand as well as the sucking felt so real!

    • Jonathan

      To me I think snake bite in African need to do with your foundation of your family.
      You just need to pray well to overcome the foundational power of your family lineage.

  • George Manyika

    I had a dream about snakes where I was hiding from police in a hole and it had lot of snakes on it but snakes didn’t bite me at all and somehow I managed to get out of the hole then ran away and all of the sudden two cops were shooting at me but I kept on blocking the bullets with a metal sheet then I wake-up . What does this mean?? Thanks.

  • Fade

    Had a dream a baby rattle snake bit me in the chest dead center, at a reptile show, my boyfriend sucked out the venom,what’s it mean? After that it just got weird, a lizard barked at me.

  • Wolfie

    In my dream, my boyfriend of two years was bitten in the hip by a rattlesnake that I owned. I don’t have a rattler in real life. It bit me too, my left forearm.
    What could this mean?

    • Kevin

      I mean, you’re probably going to die a slow painful death…? who even owns a rattle snake as a pet? thats probably why it bit you in the dream…just saying.

  • Venu

    My dream is much horrible than others..snake bit me in throat. What does this indicate?

    • Karabo

      Me too

  • Dawna

    I had a dream a snake bit my left finger leaving two wiggly things like the split of the snake Tongue and little snakes started coming out of those spots where the wiggly tongue then all of a sudden there was more tongues up my hand and more baby snakes falling out in piles and then it slowed and I woke up. But I woke because someone woke me other wise I don’t know where the dream was going.

  • Oscar Moctezuma

    I was at a rich couples house. Everyone was there, doing exactly what i expected from them. I had gone outside and gotten picked up by a friend i used to help but was no longer with the desire to do so (wrongdoings) so i was happy i was finally able to stop helping him. I returned to the party to find everyone more in progression of their natural behaviors. To avoid problems with the rich folks, i began to take my family out forcefully. They were all having a good time , even the rich husband and wife, but i continued to push all my family members out into the driveway to get into their vehicles and leave. Then i went back and began cleaning what seemed to be a mural of some sort, starting with the bottom at the belly. Cleaned the belly then moved upwards to the chest & shoulders, then finally to the eyes . As soon as i cleaned one eye , a huge serpent slithered upwards against that same wall where the mural was, a split second later it leaped and pounded my neck. Although it did land heavily with impact on my right side of the neck, i cannot say i felt any teeth. I can remember asking someone/anyone that they needed to suck the venom out but i woke up in that instant. To my surprise, I was not in any state of shock or even much scared when i awoke. In this dream, I was doing things right, hard to explain but willing to do so if anyone out there is interested in knowing more. Thanks

  • Princessciem

    I dreamed about a snake bite my right arm and then there are two other people who’s trying to help me to get rid the snake on my arm but after that the snake transfer and bite them too. Until such time we get rid of that snake and it started to crawl on the sand and trying to escape through a small hole at the sand but it failed to escape until such time I got a baseball bat and hit it harder on its head. But the weird thing about it…the color of the snake is Pink.

  • Luisa

    I had a dream about a snake bite. There was a man with two snakes showing it off to everyone around me. He had one snake in his hand showing its venom and the second snake was just laying there on the floor beside him. I looked away from the man just as the second snake came a bit my foot. I tryed calling someone but no one heard. Next thing I know the same snake bit and stuck to the middle of my forhead. Once again I tryed calling out but no one heard. I woke up afraid. The weird thing is in my dream I remembered feeling fear and panic but I was calm when I called out for help.

  • Eleena Fayaz

    I had a dream about snake bite last night.I wanted to escape from that place when i first saw the snake in my dream but i couldn’t managed to do so and the snake bit my left leg and there was blood spurting out of the bitten spot of the leg. The tail part of the snake was normal as other snakes but it had a giant skull, a huge one indeed.
    I would like to know what does the dream really mean.
    Thank you.

  • Venecia

    I had a dream last night a snake bite me on my right hand one had bitten me on my butt and one was chasing me when I say I was hopping over fence and couldn’t stop running I am scared because I don’t know what it means

  • Ariel

    My dreams are always different. They all start off normal… However it’s a different colored snake every time. One time it could be a black and muddy brown King Cobra, next it could be a diamond back, then a copperhead…. And I keep getting bit on my right calf. My boyfriend, sister, and father have all been in my dreams with me, and try to help but can’t. And after the initial bite, I wake up. I just want these dreams to stop.

    • Mmathabo

      Well this could mean that you are facing trials in your life and your family is there for you but you need to be the one to overcome such trials.

  • sunny

    in last year many of times, I dreamed about snake bite in my dreams.
    I don’t know why I dreaming like this.
    if you see in some culture or religion its good to see this kind of dreams. and in some its worst.
    I don’t what should I do??
    It is really connected to our future??
    or its just scares Of your stress and family problems??

  • Anita Loredo

    I was in my bed and my sister was trying to put the snake in a case and it ended up not going in the case and it bit my right foot. I pulled it off me and my sister got it and put it in the case and drove me to the hospital

  • Kim

    Standing on my bed, the snake was around the perimeter of it. When I tried to get off I was bitten on my left foot.

    • Elishea Chill

      Relationship? Are you wanting out?

  • Krissy

    I was at a big tree which I’m guessing was a grave for reptiles because me and my boyfriend was looking for his dead turtle and we saw a rattle snake skin so I told him we needed to be careful of snakes and then I turned around and we were in an apartment building and I saw a snake grabbed it walked out the bedroom turned around and opened the door to walk back into the bedroom and the rattle snake was on the floor in front of me and my boyfriend was on the bed I put the other snake down to grab the rattler and it bites my left hand I tell me boyfriend to call 911 and I walk to the front door and smashed the head in the door

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