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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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650 Responses to Dreaming about Snake Bite

  • essenceofebony

    I was sitting down talking to someone when my vision started getting blurry and I stood up to notice something didn’t feel right. That’s when this man popped out from my right side and he looked like a homeless or happy wanderer, as I like to call them, man. He had the green snake in his hand crushing his head and then tossed it in the road or street.

  • Rushell

    I had a dream a sneak bit my face ??

  • Rose

    My dream was me and my small kids the snake was a large cobra standing inda atleast 3 ft tall i kept telling the kids to run but they didnt understand so it looked like it was ready to lunge so i grabbed it. It bit my hand hard and so i broke its neck. I didnt wake up i asked my husband to call 911. I tried to suck out the poison and I told my husband to bring the dead snake with us to the ER. The ambulance never arrived but my hand swelling seemd to start to go down and I woke up. Thats it.

  • Mary Rodriguez

    I dream snake bite in my right leg.

    • Simon

      I also see the same dream

  • Maria

    I dreamt that I was bit by a baby rattlesnake. I was calm and collected when it happened. I looked at my hands where I got bit multiple times. I didn’t freak out about it in my dream. I was just thinking I know the type of snake it is, where it’s bitten me, and possibly how long I have to seek medical attention. Then I woke up.

  • Joe

    For the past several nights I’ve had a recurring dream that I am walking down a path and a snake (brown and red with white rings) aggressively comes right at me from the front (not hidden or like I stepped on it but came at me right in front of me) and as it goes to bite me I try to grab it with my right hand. It bites me repeatedly while I have a hold of it and I’m trying to determine if it’s venomous. The dream doesn’t wake me up but the moment I wake up it comes to my mind. Very intense dream. Reading over meaning of snake biting right hand on this site rings true to me.

  • Lisa

    Had a dream that there was something in my yellow rose bush. My grandkitty caught sight of it and went after it, but the snake took her eye. I drove my hand into the thickly thorned rose bush and grabbed a hold of the creature. As I pulled it out, I noticed it was black and red. It sunk its teeth into my wrist and held it there, as I stared at it. I tried to snapped its head off, but it wouldn’t work so I dropped it. As it slithered away, I noticed it had a head like a cobra and a tail like a rattler. I grabbed my wrist and woke up. Even while awake and out of bed I could still feel the pressure of the bite. This is the most vivid dream I have had in years!

  • A

    I had a dream last night …one bpack snake was roming around me quietly and suddenly he hold my little tow of right foot. He didn’t bite me …but i actually felt something is on my foot when i woke up.  I was so scared ..can someone plz tell me the meaning

  • asheesh

    white snake try to bite mr 2-3 times but i saved my shelf.

  • Shilpi Goel

    I saw many snakes around me in one of my room.Some of them were crawling very fast & trying to reach me but all failed.Many times i ran from their path & some times i kick them with the help of a pillow.Suddenly i felt a bite on my mother in law’s stomach with a very less poison & i helped her remove the poison from the bite by sucking & spitting it.Please tell the meaning of my dream.

    • Homezella

      That’s the dream I have, a lot of snakes in the room with me, they are everywhere.

  • Jim

    I dreamed of being biten by a snake.of mixed color black and white. It.bit my right leg while by surprise while I am walking in the bushes. Then, while I seek cure and first aid kit. More and more snakes started appearing, this time they are bigger with darker colors. Can someone help me understand its meaning?

  • Brett

    Dreamt of being bitten by a yellow snake on the leg and hand it was not poisonous this is not the first dream I’ve had about snakes

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