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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350 Responses to Dreaming about Snake Bite

  • Jennifer

    I dreamed I was in some physical competition with a bunch of guys. At first it was as if I was running a drill. As I’m running or zip lining (some sort of forward motion to achieve a goal), I get bitten on both legs (all below the knee, but above the ankle) a total of 19 times. They were focused mostly on my left leg, with 12 bites on my calf. I stopped and remember getting super pissed at some coach/organizer of the game because he put them there on purpose for me to fail. I had the lingering pain of the bites for the remainder of my dream which turned into me investigating this guy and finding out how long he has been doing this, who he’s supporting and why he sabotages some people and not others. All the while limping from the bites. I never saw the snakes, and I wasn’t worried about them being poisonous or not. Super strange. Anyone have any thoughts?

  • Belle

    I’m dreaming bitten by a blue black snake in my neck I was scared of poison coz I’m thinking I have a son what if omg I ask my mom to ask help…back to sleep and suddenly I woke up calling my son name I’m crying

  • Jhen

    I dreamt that i was bitten with snake in my right leg,but in my dreams i was with my family, we are having a picnic right there in a clear water by the river when suddenly this snake came and bite me. In my dream i was alive and they were able to find a way to cure the bite..

  • Breann

    I had a dream that i was looking for snakes as pets but in the wild like i wanted to catch them on my own because i had seen some there by a river. I caught one that wasnt poinsionous but 2 were poisonous. The poisonous ones were very mad and bit me on my right hand on both my arms and on the back of my shoulder. For some reason everyone seemed too busy to help me get to a hospital so i just let it be. In the end i ran into a really big yellow boa (i think) that was in a school i was attending and got killed trying to escape into an elevator even after being bitten several times by poisonous snakes i still attempted to catch this boa before it was killed although i was disappointed i was also relieved i didnt have to catch it as i felt it was my duty to catch all the snakes i saw in my dream. I am not afraid of snakes in real life which is why in my dream i wanted them as pets but for some reason i didnt know how to handle them anymore? Anyways i woke up shortly after the big yellow boa died and all the snakes were gone and i was in the restroom trying to find all the spots i had been bitten. Thats the last i remember.

  • KodyLynn

    I dreamed that I had a pale with white diamonds snake continuously come after me. I was standing in a livingroom with my brother-in-law when the snake came out of one of the rooms. The snake started rubbing against my left leg and smelling it. At first I was kind of startled. Then I watched the snake open its mouth revealing its fangs. My brother-in-law picked it up and took it back into the room before it bit me. That’s when I started to freak out a little. It came out after me every few minutes. It didn’t rush, or strike. It was cautious. I walked away from it, climbed on things to get away. My brother-in-law kept taking it back to the room and it kept coming out. I finally stood still and let it sink its fangs into my left leg. Then it bit a little girl on her left arm. I walked outside to call 911. I was placed on hold, then they hung up. I tried calling again but to no avail. That’s when I finally woke myself up.

  • hannah

    i woke up and remember having a gray snake biting me in my dream. it was on the floor in my house, there were 2 other people standing there but i couldn’t see who they were. i stepped on the snake i wasn’t scared then it bit my right foot, i made it release my foot and i picked it up, it bit my left forearm then my right hand below my pointer finger knuckle. i’m really unsure what that all means. i haven’t had a dream that i remember in a long time.

  • Leah

    I dreamed thI at I was in my house babysitting my grandson, I left and went to the house up the street, my siblings was there, was laying in the bed a child was laying their as well. That when the twins silver,black,colorful snakes came like off the bed.on the floor side by side, my brother pick up one and it bit him on the right hand.

  • Red

    Just woke up from my dream. I was handling alot of snakes and one bit my leg, I dropped all the snakes and started squeezing the vemon out. The vemon came out fairly easy. I put my head up from bending down while removing the venom and it was a party scene. Shortly after I was picking up what seemed to be alot of tips(money) then a lady walked in with a case, opened it and it was full of money like alot of money. She said ” we all chipped in and wanted you to have this” then I cried. The dream continued I woke up shortly after, but that part was what I remembered most

  • Sunidhi

    Hii, I woke early in the morning, i had a dream that the snack is trying to bite me but i m trying hard to stay away from him.It was scary and spooky.I don’t know what does it exactly meaning.Please help me out,what is the meaning abou this and one more thing.Some one is trying to make me to get bite by that snack.Please help me out to understand this.

  • Judy Ann

    I’m a Filipino. Just today, 4:51am, i woke up after i got myself bitten by a snake THREE TIMES on my right hand. I even tried struggling to it go. After i woke up, i grab my phone, turning the flashlight on. And i checking out my right hand after. This information really helps me, BUT i amm rely confused why i got bitten THREE TIMES. What does that meant?

  • Keisha

    Dreamed about snake bite my child in left hand ..blood was spraying out ..rushed to hospital ..i went in screaming for help ..dr took my son ..he put his eyes to sleep as he trying to fix his hand ..my son yelling momma i can’t see you ….i woke up confused and crying ..i even ran to his side to make sure he was ok …
    Whats the meaning ???

    • Jill

      Maybe you’re worried that he’s around people who might betray his trust or get him into trouble?  And that his inability to see things as they are might get him hurt? 

      From one mother to another, it sounds like you’re worried about him and his judgement of the people around him. 

      That’s just my guess.  I’m not a pro.  Just a person that has lots of really weird and vivid dreams. 

      Best of luck to you!

  • Violet

    I was being chased from afar by one snake. While running from it, i went inside what seemed to be a pond or water body. There, another snake appeared in the water and bit the bottom part of my right ear. I woke up still feeling the biting and panicked. What does this mean?

  • Will

    I had a dream a black snake bit my finger off and my wife and kids and I was in this big house with the feeling of ownership but sharing it with other people just wierd as hell I don’t understand it

  • Paige Jones

    I dreamed that a large python or some long orangish colored snake kept biting my right ankle. It doesn’t matter where I went in my house, it would follow and bite me in the same spot for the most part. This is the first time I ever experienced such a dream. I will say that yesterday I started exploring a subconscious belief. I don’t know if that was the cause of the dream or something or someone is.

  • jenieviv pineda

    I always dreaming also about the snake..im dreaming tht he bite me in my left toe….last night nad b4 that happnd..i dream tht bite me in my left hand….im so scared at that time…but the snake tht who is bite bite have 2 head and its colord red….but last night the snake tht i dreaming is color black and its so long.i just want to tknow wht is the meaning of that and wht would i do….is it..good or bad….thak u for responce….

  • Frank

    I had a dream that I was an adolescent again, I was outside at night (camping), around a fire with a few other kids, and an older female (didn’t know her)… it was cold and we were sitting around a fire, with a couple of other kids sleeping a few feet away in the dark… we woke up the other kids to have them move closer to the fire because of the cold… thats when I noticed the ground under us was completely covered by dry, brown, autumn leaves. I remember thinking that a copperhead would be nearly invisible among those leaves.. about that time, I noticed a large copperhead (between 2 1/2 or 3 ft long) I started trying to tell the older female without alarming everyone… I noticed the snake had eaten, there was a lump about half way down its length, where it had eaten a mouse or something.. I was trying not to make any sudden moves or anything not to startle the snake to make it strike… but then it did out of nowhere, and bit me on top of the back of my right hand… there was an odd, looking wound, almost like a skinned place where the snake had bit… then we started to seek help, and I woke up.

  • Michelle

    I had a dream there was a small snake in my house. My twin sister, whom I haven’t spoke to in the last three years; was in the dream as well. The snake was moving around so quickly we didn’t know where to go to escape it. Finally, it leapt onto the wall. First, my sister grabbed a broom to smash it but then she decided she’s too scared. I snatched the broom from her and said, “I’m not scared!” When I swung the broom the snake leapt off the wall and out of side. We didn’t know where it went. Seconds later, I felt something going up my thigh; it was the snake. I whispered to my sister, “it’s going up my leg!” I grabbed it’s neck and body and tried to pry it from my thigh but it kept tightening itself around my thigh. It was so thin so I decided to squeezed my nails into it’s neck and body, while asking my sister to please help me! She just stood there in a panic; pacing the floor. The snake lifted it’s head high in the air and bit me into my stomach real hard. I yelled in agony and woke myself up out of that horrible dream.

  • Mitzel

    It just happened so suddenly .. I was holding a snake an albino burmese python to be exact.. Then suddenly it started to bite both of my hands .. It didn’t stop biting me until I saw a box of matches and get the chance to burn it down.. It died and I woke up looking at both of my hands if the snake really bit me because it feels so fucking real.

  • juan

    I dreamed about 2 snakes biting each side of my neck. Meaning?

    • Zoë

      In my dream this snake bit my daughters neck. Not sure what the neck part means but relieved to see you had similiar imagery.

  • 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.

    • Katie

      Holy cow! I just had one super similar. Supposedly it was an exotic snake and everyone kept trying to get me to hold it but I wouldn’t. Then when I did to keep it from biting someone else it latched on to my right forearm and pushed venom through me. Luckily someone got it off of me then gave me anti venom

  • 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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