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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562 Responses to Dreaming about Snake Bite

  • Starshine

    I woke up from a dream where a weird looking snake bit my female private parts. I screamed and tried to crab walk away before being bit. I was terrified. Once bitten I screamed and noone heard me and people were around. I heard the people..I didn’t see them until later. I am NOT a snake fan at all. Once this dream was over, I had a pleasant dream of me and my boyfriend hanging out and laughing. Weird!!!

  • Deze

    I had a dream I was on a bus holding a snake. Everytime it went by the window it would shrink and curl like it withered. Then it came back to life to bite me on my hand. I could see the venom in my hand bubbling. Then I tried to suck the venom out for fear of dying. What does this mean?

  • Greece

    I had dream of a cobra snake(I don’t remember very well) but the snake flew right towards me I caught, but I just could tame it the snake bit my left hand by my thumb when I threw to he ground it came back and bit my left leg on my ankle. At the end I don’t know what happened to the snake, but I remember being in the shower in my dream looking down the drain and hearing hissing after that I woke up in panic also I had pain on my right hand, but not my left foot. I find this strange.
    Anyone had answers due to what I have to look out for?

  • Ruth


    Today morning I had a dream that I am going somewhere in my two-wheeler and then suddenly somebody throw a snake,snake is small in size but he bite my feet.Suddenly I shake my leg and I saw that after a biting me that snake died.I tried to remove the blood from leg I cut the wound so that the bleeding start and poisonous blood will come out.Suddenly I went to one of my very old friend home with whom i am not in touch for so many years..and there again same type of snake but little bigger than previous one bite me in my left leg little finger and after that second snake also died but I had seen a small piece of green colour apple in his mouth.

    • Warren

      I had one very similar and I can’t find out what it’s trying to say

  • Cynthia Salazar

    I had a dream a Snake Bite me directly in the left side of my face and I coverd my face w my jacket hat n he was,bitting my whole head to

  • Willow

    I dreamt that i was in the passenger seat of a car with a bunch of people I did not know, then out of nowhere the driver pulled out this snake from a bag at my feet. I was scared and asked him to not wave it in my face suddenly it bit my knee and held onto it just ingesting poisen we then drove to the hospital and you could see this line of poisen just slowly going up through my body, it didn’t hurt… can anyone help?

  • Jamie

    I was out on some jet ski looking invention with a few friends (don’t recognize any of them). I told dude I wanted my own so I hopped on and the girl kept saying “I’m not getting in there. There’s sharks.” Me not caring smiled and took off down this water channel. I didn’t look behind to see if they followed or not. I never saw any sharks but I did see alligators swimming below me. When I parked on this random embankment and walked away, I turned around and noticed an alligator was coming after my ski but decided to turn around and swim away. I noticed all these rock formations so I decided to climb to get a better view. Once I got to the top and stood up, I was looking at the beautiful view. Randomly something touched my foot and I looked down to see three snakes slithering around. The black snake and the yellow snake just ventured off on their own. The baby red one who had a horn on its nose started to slither away but came back and started climbing up my leg. I panicked and tried to fling it off and it bite me on the toe then it bite me on the right hand and arm before I was able to remove it from me. I instantly started feeling nauseous so I started to climb down. Got to the bottom to great my mom and check out my bites. My toe was an entire blister and my arm was turning yellow and black. I freaked stating we have to get to the doc before I die from the poison and I woke up terrified.

  • Amechi Kingsley

    I dreamed about snake biten my left hand ND hold it for some minutes before leaving it

  • magda

    A bright turquoise snake crawled around and sort of puffed out in shape on the ground, irritated by the obnoxious humor of the people nearby. It was right by my feet when I looked down. I jumped back but as I did it bit me right on too of my left foot. No pain. But I was worried. I looked around. There was a celebrity doctor watching. I felt like I might be fine because he must know how serious it was. I felt sure I’d get the help I needed soon. I collapsed forward on to a friend, my arms resting on their shoulders.
    They’ll understand, surely.
    The friend lead me in a waltz as I curled my feet under so the tops dragged behind me.
    Later we pulled out the fangs from the swollen, softened skin. There were 4 fangs.

  • Erica

    I dreamed about a snake biting my left thumb as I was walking out of a grocery store I believe. It was a cobra, because something in my head(in my dream) kept recognizing it as one. The bite was painful at the beginning and I knew that I was going to die so I started telling people to call 911. I ended up collapsing near the door entrance, some women came and nelt down beside me then I died. When I woke up my whole left hand and arm were numb.

  • Nathan

    It isn’t the first time I’ve had this dream, it’s been several times in different ways but results the same way. I own a pet Ball Python who is a pet snake I adore fondly and only have been bitten by accident when he mistook my hand for food.

    My dream often is me handling my own pet snake and he would bite me out of being annoyed at me or angry. My reactions are always nonchalant and dismissive since I’m so used to it. I’d smile at him anyway have no ill regard or fear to being bitten by him. Though often people around me are shocked or afraid and I have to explain to them that it’s not painful at all and looks a lot worse than it is.

    Don’t know if anyone can interpret anything from that. I’ve just had that same dream now and then and it came back to me yesterday.

  • Carol

    Wednesday morning I woke up from a dream of being bitten by a brown snake with black spots. I could see my sister in the dream and then her husband was guiding me saying come and he would take me to the hospital.
    The snake was among some items I had picked up in my left hand. It was small enough to call it a baby snake.  The snake bit me more than once above my left hand on the inner wrist I don’t recall the bite being painful, only a numbing feeling.

  • sarah tembo

    I dreamt I was at my mum’s house as I was about to enter the house saw a snake and bite me on my forehead then I was screeming that the poison had to come out then the blood was coming out.

  • Gabriel Gurirab

    I dream of brown snake bittting at my left hand but the pain was not painfull .awake up and feel slight numbness in hand.pleas interpreted or translate this dream for me

    • Rachel

      I dreamt of a green viper biting my left hand last night too. I knew it was coming. It was very slow and I wasn’t surprised. It didn’t really hurt either just the initial little sting of the bite. I’m usually terrified of snakes but this time I was not afraid.

    • Erica

      I just had this same dream, literally. I was in the grocery store the snake was mines but it kept chasing me for some reason. While I was walking out it bit me on my left thumb, I could feel the pain or tingle in my dream. When I woke up my hand was numb

  • wallace

    i dreamt of a snake biting my left leg.a puffadder and i had to be calm in the dream and i wasnt scared of death.

  • Gladys

    I dream when I was at rural areas where I grow up and my aunt was performing a ritual holding a snake.She started doing the incantations while she was hitting the snake on the ground and the snake become angry that she could not control it.the snake jump and bit me on my right hand.I went to the clinic nearby but they were reluctant to help me ,what they only did whascto remove the skin of my hand and then I woke up

  • Mel

    I had a dream that my bf and I were surrounded my a snake and 2 crocodiles all while we layed on the floor as soon as I saw the snake getting closer to me I told him let’s get up and run and we got up and ran. The snake started chasing me and caught up to me opened his mouth and bit me and as soon as that happened I woke up. I woke up scared and confused. The dream seem so realistic and is If was trying to tell me something

    • Mel

      *Same colored snake as the one pictured on this forum.

      • Anonymous

        So did i it bit me three times

  • Leearna

    I had a dream that a snake bit my hand and wouldn’t let go I had to grab its neck and break it to let go

  • Mike Hollis

    My husband was holding a beautiful snake and I went to pet it, when I walked away the snake bit me on my right arm, it did not hurt. The guy who owned the snake came over to remove the snake from my arm and tended to the wound. I then bragged about the snake bit to everyone I met that day and showed them the bit marks. I was kind of proud about it.

  • Tiara

    I dreamt that a brown thin snake from brown water bit my left hand. I’m right handed

    • Latesha

      Me too and the person was trying to get the snake to but me on purpose , and the snake that bit me on my left had by my wedding ring.

  • Em Gee

    I dreamt that my friend had a pet snake. It kept biting me hard and it was vicious. It but me on the hand, back, shoulder, and even my finger. It was ugly and it was painful. But it did not wake me up. So weird.

  • Salie

    I was dreaming that my third son saw a reddish orange snake and he tried to put it away by a stick. I tried to get the stick from him but I was bitten by the snake on my right hand. I was lying on the floor then I felt numbness slowly then I woke up.

  • Sam

    I woke up in the middle of the night because I had a dream. I was playing a dangerous game/hiking with my family. At first, we were doing well and winning as I was guiding them.

    Then, we started encountering pythons. I almost got bitten once because of a family member, I dont remmber which, but I didnt. Then, my sister started hugging a yellow python and then carelessly dropped it. The snake got angry and chased me onto a table. I danced trying to avoid it, and then it bit me on the middle top of my foot.

    Meanwhile, my family just had a normal convo as if nothing was happening. I kept telling them to make the snake bite me again because it would reverse the effects of the poison. But they did nothing. Next thing I know I’m in the hospital and I just woke up.

    Something kept telling me to Google the meaning, but I hesitated. When I turned my phone on, it was 3:33.

  • Lalaloves

    My dream was a bout a snake biting my right foot and it wouldn’t let go.. a very painful and frightening dream!

  • Alexia

    I dreamed that my nephew was going to get bit by the snake so I tried to fright it off. I tried to kill it but it bit my right arm. While it was in my arm I ripped it in half and killed the snake.

    • Doris Hilton

      I dreamed I was walking in a big stream. All of a sudden I was being bitten all over even my head.I woke up feeling scared and prickly all over.

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