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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1707 Responses to Dreaming about Snake Bite

  • Sophia

    I was dreaming last night 2 snake bit my hand, the Colorado of the snake is something yellow and green. What that is mean?

  • Erica

    I woke up by terrifying dream that a cobra snake bite in my left arm. I was crying for help because that pain scares me out to death.. what is that mean ?

  • Anna

    I have a dream iand man I cannot see the face while walking in the forest there is snake appear he bite the man that cause of death. And the other snake bite me also but I fight to save my life he bite my hands and kill him cut his neck. Then I woke up I’m so afraid what is the meaning of my dream please.

  • Maria

    I had a dream last night in the early hours of the morning that two snakes were wrapped tightly around my hands (squeezing them like handcuffs. Initially, in the dream, I was trying to feed them and then both snakes but both of my hands. I was so frightened that it woke me. As I woke up, I could hear myself saying “Never bite the hand that feeds you.” I thought it was strange as I was feeding the snakes. It totally blew my mind and I didn’t go back to sleep.

  • Sam

    I had a dream about being in an apartment with two snakes slithering around. It was as though they were trying to avid me seeing them. I was not afraid but I was aware. One snake was big and blue the other was small and thin and white. Then suddenly the big blue one bit me on my right inner arm. There were four marks. No blood no pain that I can remember yet it was somehow painful. I started to panic then this person whom I cannot identify came with a syringe and drew the venom out and gave advise on how to save my life. I can’t remember the advice.

  • Dalante Abraham

    I had a dream I was walking in a land with a few people I did not recognize. While coming over a hill we ran into a group of of animals, I remember mainly lions and two black snakes. The group with me quickly bowed down to the animals laying on their stomachs but I crouched hoping they wouldn’t see me. After I figured it was too late because they had walked right up to us surrounding us I stood ready to kill any animal that attacked. The group said it is ok, they shall pass and leave us alone. I then got on my stomach to lay down and the two black snakes moved forward slithering closer to me. I became alarmed but did not move. One of the snakes got so close I was looking it in the eyes. The snake striked and bit me on the right side of my neck, I woke up paralyzed feeling something in the exact spot I was bitten in my dream. I couldn’t move for awhile.

  • Zoe

    I had a dream last night that a snake bit me on my lower right leg. I didn’t see it bite me but it was painful I even felt the pain in RL. I then managed to make it to my family who were drinking beer at a brewery. I couldn’t finish my dream because the pain was bad. I wonder what it means

  • nomhlophe

    I had this dream yesterday there where two snakes chasing me I tried to run way.on my way I found myself holding a baby now the brown cobra it’s front of me and it bit my right hand.in my culture they say if your a woman dreaming about the snake bite you it means your pregnant….help me am confused

    • Vani

      I had a same dream but I didn’t have a baby

  • Dee Dee

    I had a dream last night that a snake was wrapping itself around me and sort of squeezing me and then when it got up to my neck it bite me on the left side.  I woke right up after that and put my hand to the left side of my neck as it felt funny.  Even now about 8 hours later when I think about the dream the left side of my neck feels strange. 

    Not sure what it means but I am afraid of having the same dream tonight – so hope that I can sleep.

  • Maribel

    I dreamt that I was being bitten many times on both arms by a white cobra and then after I squeezed it’s head and suddenly It caught on fire in my hands

  • victor

    i just woke up from a bad dream. in that dream i was bitten by a blue cobra, still small but deadly, it immediately bit me on the left side of my neck and i had convulsions after

  • Mahuya Saha

    Last night I saw a dream where a black snake bites on both of my thumb finger . While biting that snake splitting its venom . I can see that the thumb finger of my left hand is swelling . But surprisingly I’m not dying .Initially I’ve hold that snake, but on the later part of my dream I saw I release him . But at that time that snake never go any where. It comes with me where ever I’m going . Please let me know what does it mean . is it a good or bad

  • Daniel

    I dreamt that I was lying on my back in a tent with at least 60 snakes wrapped around me moving up and down and a few times they would coil and my stomach would contract but it didn’t harm me, not sure if one of them was an anaconda. I got bitten on my right hand and several times on my feet by a smaller yellow snake with green square patterns on it, however I didn’t feel constrained, I felt quite relaxed and willing them to bite me.

    • Missy

      Very interesting. I dreamt I got bit by a snake that at first was friendly to me, then suddenly bit me 4-5 times on my left arm and a few times on my right. The bites swelled up like crazy and looked horrible. Then I went to a clinic because I wasn’t sure if it was poisonous. On the way I realized I would have had more side effects or been dead by then if it was poisonous. I still went to the clinic though. It was pretty crazy .

  • Diane Roman

    I dreamed that i put s snake figurene on the table,suddenly a big huge giant snake appear and it’s looking and slowly coming then I close my eyes,the snake bites my lips I feel my left arm being parralyze,then I saw my son vomit of blood then I scream for my son. Can u pls. Help me to interpret my dreams? What that is mean? Thank You in adavance for answering my questions.

  • bright

    I also dream of a snake bite in my dream and the recent one was very scary because in real life am afraid of snake and what happened was we were on a motorbike and we saw the snake crossing the road and the rider walk over the snake on the road and the rider stop to our surprise the snake was coming after us to attack from the back in my dream and I shouted let’s go, let’s go,and I jump on my bed from sleep.

  • Niesha

    I had a dream about 3 yellow king cobras was in my house. They slithered passed me , I wasn’t really scared(I’m terrified of snakes in waking life) but me and a few other people went looking for them. Soon as we found 2 of the 3 snakes , one wrapped around my right arm and bite me . I wasn’t scared when the snake clasped onto me, there wasn’t any marks or anything. After that I jumped out of my sleep.

  • Prajakta Sawalkar

    I dreamt of two snakes lurking in my house black and white…I am generally very afraid of snakes. But somehow I had managed to gather courage to pick both the snakes and put them in a tub of water , but after sometime both became violent and came out of the tub and went in my kitchen area.. after sometime my cousin car in and she could manage to find the black one and I helped her catch it but we both were bitten on the finger, but nothing happened, neither pain nor any feeling of poison running in . We tried to find a doctor and put the snake in one fish tank in the doctor who was ready to see us

  • Aliyah pollard

    The snake bite me on my left hand I wasn’t scared and I shook me cause I was looking at the body but couldnt see the head of snake and before I knew it the snake head came outta my top n bite my hand

    • Demorris 678 431 0430

      Just had the same dream same hand

  • blessing james

    dreamt walking on a road,which I saw the road I normally pass every day in the dream,6 snakes of different colours and length just came frm no wear each of them bite me,in different parts of my body,and i called sumone for help,I felt my life is going out of me,so I was telling the person to horri am dieing,so they started removing the poison one by one,but didn’t finish so as I was about to die.i just jump up from my bed.i want know the meaning of my dream,am very scared

  • Bdmgold

    Hi I had dream little snake bite me my rigth hand and someone captured into jar a few hours later I opened jar want to give him little air but suddenly come out became big black snake trying to bite or around my tight it was very scary and I woke up need help

  • Jackie Castillo

    I had this dream a few days ago that i don’t remember much from. I remember being in a bathtub that was not filled much. Two snakes were at my feet. A brown one and a black one. I remember looking back at the snakes and the brown one was gone. Only the black one remained. The difference between the two snake was that the brown was a combination of Brown’s. The black one was pitch black and had these certain scalw type of thing over it’s eyes sticking out like horns maybe but it was long. I somehow knew that the black one bit me but never felt pain. I wasn’t scared. Then all of a sudden im recovering in a bed being told that I’ll be fine that I’m almost healed and that the swelling will go away.

  • Jami shear

    I had a dream last night that I was walking outside from the back of a house to the side of this house onto a trampoline and my boy friend walked outside and was pointing at the road and I look and it’s a huge black snake I start to panic and the snake slivers after me I hit it with my hand it flys in the air and then bites the top of my head I then woke up from my dream my heart was racing.

  • Chris the Snake Whisperer

    I was bitten on my right leg. I did not feel it. I began to notice my right arm then my whole body start swelling up. At the same time my mother started to cry but I was not afraid. I could feel and see large bite marks. Two holes on one side of my leg and two smaller ones on the other side. I had a thought of wondering if there was any antivenom i could take. Then I was in what I think was a hospital. I had apparently lost conciousness or died and came back. I was trying to figure out which of the two had happened to me during my dream. I was still swollen but not as bad as I was earlier. Then I woke up.
    (As a side note in reality I did catch and relocate over 120 copperhead snakes over the summer working security at a state park where I live.)

  • Desiree

    I’m deadly scared of snakes but it might dream for some reason I let my boyfriend have a snake the snake kept trying to get out and when I would go to go grab it even though I’m scared of them it bit me on the left hand then I did get it back in its cage and somehow it get out again and I seen it going towards my daughter so I went to grab for it again it bit me on my right hand twice and then I got it back in its cage it got out again and went after my daughter and bit my daughter on the leg

  • Amanda

    I had a dream that I was at work when I came across a small snake, I went to just walk around it but it went to bite me and as much as I ran it kept coming so I stopped to beat it away and it just kept attacking me even when I was throwing it so far away it would just come back again & again.

  • Calysta

    I had a nightmare that my friends and i were together from school and we drove to a pond. It had an empty gas station next to it and it was pretty late. We drove around the pond then thought it would be funny to drive into it and we stayed above the water for the most part. The car turned into a boat and a small otter came into the boat but left pretty quickly. On the edge of the water we saw an alligator upside down and mostly submerged in water and the only part showing of him was underneath his chin which had a huge water snake attached to it by the teeth. I kept calling it a rattlesnake in the dream but rattlesnakes don’t live in water. After this I went to a hockey game at my school, where i saw my mom and siblings. My mom had the snake and when i was walking it bit the back of my right calf. it turned purple and swollen pretty quickly. It took a lot of convincing to get my mom to take me to a hospital and it took us seemingly forever to actually get in the car. this was because she wanted to bring the snake with us to the hospital and i didn’t want her to. I was too afraid to be near it and i didn’t want it near the rest of my family. She assured me that if it came after her she could kill it but didn’t mention my other siblings and how they would be protected. After telling her that there was no telling what the snake would do considering it killed an alligator and bit me for no reason afterwards, she still wanted to take it with us. When walking to the car i saw the huge thing sitting up right in the passenger seat looking at me. i ran to the back seats and sat next to my little sister. When i looked to the passenger seat to try and maneuver things to block the snakes view from me and to protect myself, it wasn’t a snake anymore, but my 5 year old brother. what does this mean?

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  • Brenda

    I am a Christian I dream a snake bite me on my left hand on the thick part of thumb and I felt it as if it was real I even have the bite marks to resemble that spot hurt I woke up imediatly but in the dream my daughter gave me some trash like cup paper etc but there was a baby snake in it and it bit me I was running trying to find help and crying no one was there i woke up and grab my hand what is the meaning.

  • Paola

    I was at my school about to leave on my bike and when i looked to my left, i saw this long snake like creature, and it was;a long black and orange snake.And when it looked at me, i didnt think it would pay much attention to me and so i kept staring. I was about to tell an adult near by but i first noticed that it started moving towards me in a fast like manner. We werent really that far apart from each other. It jumped at me trying to strike but missed. And again but missed. When iwas about to run from it, immediately the first step i took, i slipped and fell. Thats when it knew it had the chance to strike and bit me in my neck. My head started shaking in my dream and real life. What does it mean?

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