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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626 Responses to Dreaming about Snake Bite

  • Ruth

    Hi, i dream of snake bitten during my hiking in the forest with my family, luckily in my dreams my brother bring an antidote and injected it to me. What is thw meaning of my dream?

  • Grazzie

    Hi . Im scared to death when i wake up early morning. I thought that it was true that snake bitting me 2 nights in a row i was dreaming with the snake. To be honest that is the animal am afraid for. So when i wake up bcoz of that dream im scared to back to sleep again coz im trying to avoid and dream again.dreaming that bitten me at my right foot.the 1 dream cant really remember what part of my body.2nd dream is very clear that it bites me in my right foot. Im just confused what does it mean in my dreams..Im hoping that it will helps if u can tell me whats the meaning all of these dreams. Thank u so much

  • Joshua Seth

    Hi, am Joshua.
    I dreamt when a cobra snake biting my left leg and the whole led was in its mouth. It was paining me. And there came some one who pulled it and he also pulled some white-like stick from where the snake had bitten.

    What’s the meaning?

  • Arie

    I just had a dream last night, I was at a festival it seemed like, and out of nowhere snakes where just slithering around. One came at me so fast and when I tried to stop it from attacking me it bit me in both my wrists and left 2 holes, I could feel the stinging getting worse! I was with my family, my cousin grabbed the snake and was holding it back and laughing telling me to hurry and run before he let it go, as I was running another came at me and my sister pulled it away, when I turned to look the snake was just sitting next to her as she was patting it. I got back to where we were staying and I was showing my mum the holes in my wrists and she kept saying “you’ll be fine, it’s not too bad” but I could feel the pain getting worse and worse, eventually my dream switched to some other random one before waking up. Anyone know what this could mean?

    • Arie

      Also, it seemed I was the only one being attacked/chased by snakes at the whole festival

    • Anonymous

      I think it means u doubt ur close relationship…for ur own good u need to be self sufficient & not rely on others for ur happiness.

  • Danielle

    I had a dream and me and my sister were sitting in this forest area and she was showing me all these animals she loved as a kid, they were just still in the forest. And they all greeted us we touched them and it was nice. Then a big snake comes out of the bushes.. its face looked sinister in a way. We didn’t move but we weren’t scared really. And he wasn’t apart of the animals that she was showing me , he just showed up. And as it was passing me it stopped and just opened it’s really big mouth and sunk it’s venom things into my right knee. And I had no idea what to do so I froze and thought if I just don’t move he’ll leave. But it didn’t and I felt venom being pumped into my knee and then I freaked out I grabbed it’s head and ripped it off and screamed and threw it in a box my sister was holding and she called me dad. So my dad shows up in this big van and I get in and he’s frantically trying to take me to a hospital but he seemed to have forgotten the area. And all of a sudden I got what felt like full body Charlie horses. My whole body started hurting so bad i felt it all in my veins. And my hands started to go numb, but extremely painfully numb. And because of that I started panicking and screaming and crying it hurt so bad. My dad finally got us to this hospital but it was in a mall? And it was closed and he started cursing and this lady in scrubs approached us and asked what was going on and he told her. I’m like feeling like I’m going numb and half leaning half laying on th ground on this pole. She gets really calm and tells us there is someone in the building who could still help us. And then she asks me well how did this happen what did I do, as if like I was a four year old and I just got a scrape on my knee that sweet kind of tone.

  • Lissy

    I was at the mall with my husband and a little black snake kept biting me. I grabbed it by the head to stop it it was wiggle out and bite my left hand and did this a couple of times I threw it and it came back and bit my leg I picked it back up and it got my hand a few more times before I got it out of the door and my dream switched…… Was not a poisonous snake.

  • Nes

    I dreamed that my 5year old daughter bitten by the snake on left part of her neck

  • Mscendie

    I dreamed that we were walking amongst several snakes, my daughter and I. Maybe we were in a snake zoo or something.  I’ve had this dream before, but this one had a twist to it. The snakes hung from trees and slithered below, like always. They were hard to avoid. In an attempt to kill one that was about to attack me from above (I think it was red & black), I was bitten but managed to sever its head off with some random tool.

    We were near a hospital and as we now drove towards it to get me help,we came upon another snake near our tire. (Not sure how we ended up in the car). As I tried to run it over, somehow it got through the passenger window and bit my daughter on the foot. She jumped out the car, somehow we managed to kill it and later learned her bite wasnt poisonous, but the snake made her foot bleed.

    As soon as we checked into the hospital, a young black girl saw us to our room right away. That’s when I woke up.

    I hate these type of dreams ;-(. So disturbing and ironically, my life is a bit of a mess right now.

  • Crystal

    I dreamt lastnight that my daughter and I saw a huge viper on a big flat rock. She walked toward it, and petted its back.  It lunged and tried to strike her but her head was down and it got her bangs only.  She laughed and reached for it; trying to grab it by the back of the neck right below its head, but it turned and sunk its fangs into her right hand.  It bit her and I told her to come to me but she just looked at me…it was bad.  Then I woke up.

  • Christie

    I dreamt that I was at a friend’s house and they had a snake in a cage and it kept trying to escape and I kept grabbing it behind it’s jaw so it wouldn’t bite me and putting it back into the cage before it got out. After doing this about 3 or 4 times it fully escaped the cage and I struggled with it for a few moments and was able to grab it behind the jaw again but when I tried to put it back into the cage I couldn’t completely get it back in before closing the lid because it was thrashing and fighting me and it was too quick for me and finally bit me on my left hand. I panicked and felt a sense of fear that I was going to die since it was a poisonous snake but then had a calm and clarity come over me as I thought about what I was going to do in my last moments

  • Nidhi

    I dreamt that snake bite me on my leg and my father is trying to take me to speacialist …in meanwhile m worried about my children as they were also with me…I stayed strong while snake had a bite in dream…kindly help me relate this

  • Kenneth

    I had a dream about snake. As far as I remeber, there were 7 of us heading home (don’t know where we came). 4 yung nauna at kasama dun kapatid ko. Ako nman ay nasa 3rd to the last post na naka bike lang at yung dalawa sa likuran ko ay naka motor din. Ang saya ng journey. tawanan at pabilisan lang ng takbo. Pero isang snake po na malaki ang aming naka enkwentro along the waya. The snake was trying to bite the 4 gentlemen including my brother po pero wala pong nakagat as I remembered. Basta yung ending was, may dumating ( d ko po kakilala) tapos may wand syang ginamit panlaban sa snake at ito ay nglaho. That dream awakens we kasi sobrang worried po ako kasi yung kapatid ko ay currently po nag tetraining for saf commanndos po. Hoping po mabigyan nyo ako ng interpretations. Sobrang iksi lang po ng panaginip na yun na sobra ding nagpapawory saken. Salamat po.

  • Numi

    I had a dream I was at a beach and a snake bite my hand, I grabbed it by its head threw it and ran. Next thing I know I’m at my Dad’s it bites me again in the hand. This time I squeeze its head until a bone pops out and venom is on my hand. I dropped the snake and rush to wash my hands, leaving the snake where I dropped it. I then proceeded to put food in the microwave, as I took it out the snake began to move again. I jumped on something the snake made its way up the sink and towards me I get down and the snake leaps toward me lands over my shoulder near my back, my head quickly forcefully pressed against my shoulders and at that moment I awaken.

  • Aria Settles

    I don’t remember much, but what I do remember was being bit my a venomous snake in my left hand at the fatty part of the palm near my thumb right into the artery. I know it was venomous because I could see and feel it start coursing up my arm. I also remember that my hand became immobile then my arm and that’s when I woke up. I remember waking up staring where the snake bit me in the dream and I still couldn’t move my arm.

    • Anonymous

      This is excatly what happened to me, so crazy!

  • Rachel

    I was swimming in medium current water beside a jungle, holding onto a boat that my partner was in. We approached two snakes..one was yellow and white, the other dark browny colours. I was more worried of the yellow one biting me, but the brown one bit my hand. When the two teeth went through my hand, I just let it happen, looked at the holes and blood on my hand, and after and my partner bandaged it.

  • Shank

    My dream had me catching the brown snake first and closing if in a box and the suddenly a guest opens the box and the snake jumps and bites me .My left hand is swollen and i take the antidot on time.

  • Bigstev

    I dreamt that a water moccasin chased me. It lunged at me, I caught it by the head. I tried to stop it from biting me but it was too slippery. I couldn’t hold a tight enough grip. I bit my palm a few times. I noticed my hand swelling. The snake was gone and my dream continued. I’ve dreamed of snakes before, this is the first time I’ve been bitten. What does this mean?

  • Evelyn Goodrich

    I had a dream that these people were looking for snakes. They found one that they couldn’t catch. My niece’s dog found it and the snake bites the dog on the foot and the dog dies. I cried so hard woke me up. In my dream that was my dog.

  • divya

    I had dream today morning 4.49am black sneak bit my left leg in the dream i am in the shopping place first it’s hold my neck and i thorn him outside and then its fallows me i get in side the house and asking for help one family telling don’t worry i we will get salutation but that time it will come there open its mouth ank tell iwill bit you nating will happen given me your left leg and i am creeming and given lrft leg it’s bit me and that moments only i get up from my dreams what is tha meanings of this dream

  • Sarah Cross

    I have had 2 dreams of a snake. One was a black poisonous snake in my loft which bit my son and cat. They became unwell. The other I went into a loft and was bitten on the left shoulder. I was paralyzed on my left side breifly and recovered. There were also tarantulas in the loft.

  • Meowkincat55

    I had a dream about one python and it bit me on the leg near my ancl but I killedit then a second one come it and I ran away and it me on the same spot but the inside of my leg and I tried to kill it but then the dream ended

  • Sisto

    I was bitten on my phumb was a normal snake and my left hand i pulled the snake off no poison just blood and backwards tooth marks?????


      I legit had the same dream last night but I was trying to catch a pet snake in my home (I don’t have a snake as a pet) and it was mad as hell and bit my left thumb.

  • connie pidlaoan

    I had dreamed that my son have bitten by a snake ans he always died but lucky survive and able to rushed him in the hospital for proper treatment but still worried and frighten over my dream. The snake was hiding in our garage and worried if he moved somewhere in the hous

    • Mandy

      Same here same dream

  • Samiee

    I had a dream lastnight that I was bitten twice by my pet snake. It was on my index finger on my right hand. In the dream I didn’t notice the bites until he become frantic & started to struggle. Then I remember having excruciating pain in the dream, but was more worried about him & if I hurt him???? So weird …

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    • Kev

      Your is almost similar to mine.it to was my pet snake but it escaped & no body could catch it but me so when i called for it it came the color on it was white with little black stripes, it was fine on me but later on it bit me i was feeling woozy about to faint then called on my brother to call the ambulelance.so i didnt fully pass out i didnt die it just bit me.i woke up talking to my family next day & showed them the 2 holes on my right arm where he bit me.

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