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

  • Victoria Gutierrez

    I had a dream I was walking through the forest with someone. I walked and out of no where a rattle snake threw itself out and big my leg. I’m terribly afraid of snakes. It hurt super bad. I couldn’t wake up tho. I kept going to the doctor and getting rid of the venom, but somehow the snake kept coming back and biting my leg.

  • meena

    I dreamed that snake roll my neck and bitten on right neck.my parents dropped snake from me.again they going here n there.finally snake jumps here n there on trees.continuously snake dream coming.i don’t know what’s happening in my life.fearing lot daily.

  • Nic

    I had a dream last night about me and some family members were riding a boat (open back boat where you can just dive and climb back in) and I was seated at the end. We were passing through a jungle that had clear waters. I saw a brown snake just chilling on its own down the water and I was fascinated by it so I shouted that there was a snake’ and when we passed by, the snake followed our boat and jumped out of the water biting my neck. I really felt the pain and I tried to get its fangs out my neck without it tearing some skin. My family didnt help me at all because I kept saying that I’ve got it handled even though I was clearly not. By the way I was wearing a snake patterned shirt haha. Anyway my body shooked while I was bitten, when I woke up I thought that something did bite my neck and still felt the pain, but thankfully there wasnt any. Whew

  • Leo

    I am a snake owner but I frequently dream of other ball pythons biting and latching into my hands.( Though I haven’t been bitten by my snake in my wake life and I don’t know what a snake bite feels like) in my dream I can physically feel the pain in my hand as it latches on and doesn’t let go until I remove it with my other hand. Im never handling my real snake in my dreams it’s always others and they always bite me. It’s like I knows it going to happen and then it does I’m not shocked or startled when they latch I just wait and then remove it from my body and then get rid of it. In majority of those dreams my snakes tank is usually full of snakes and some have escaped so I’m trying to grab them and put them back in and it leaves me with a gross feeling.

  • Dan

    In my dream, me and my current girlfriend wandered far from the city and got lost in the wilderness, she started getting annoyed and panicking as it was getting darker. I jumped something that looked like a snake but only to realise it was indeed a brown rattle snake after it had bitten my girlfriend’s big toe when she had stepped over it or tried to jump it.I know it was a rattle snake because its tail made that rattle noise signifying to us to leave it alone. My girlfriend was in so much pain as the toe began to swell and help was so far…..i panicked as i could see her slipping away from me…..please someone out there explain this to me

  • Natasha

    I had a dream last night that I was in the house and I fell and these snakes appeared out if no where and they started crawling all over me and when I grabbed one to try and get it off of me it bit me on my right arm and when I woke up my arm was hurting what does this mean

  • Laurie

    In my dream I saw my best friend she had a bandage on her left shoulder. I remember saying she was bite by a Cobra. Any Ideas? Thank you

  • Lampoo

    I saw many big snakes on the grounds.  Very long noby and many of them .  On of them bit my big toe on the left.  I was so scary

  • Amy

    in my dream I had heaps of snakes biting my legs and was in pain and people in my dream wouldn’t help me

  • Trisha

    I dreamed last night I was bitten by snake. It was like I was paraylize before I had the actual dream. I could feel the snake slithering over me. I tried to grab it but couldn’t because I couldn’t move. The dream felt so real. I didn’t sleep well before the dream. My fiance and I had just got into a huge ugly fight. He stayed with his mom which im very insecure because of his ex so I have trust issues. IDK what the dream meant or if our fight had to do with it. I am just so lost today.

  • Otis

    I was bitten by a snake to the neck. I saw the Green snake approaching slowly and waiting that i slip (there was ice under my feet). Bitten to the neck, green, ice?

  • z

    i was with my brothers(3)
    and we see a dark green snake.
    we were on the bed and i tell them not to get close to it. i tell them our mother told us to stay away from venomous snakes.
    the snake jumps around the room and we try to move away from it
    but it lands on my brother and he holds it in his hand, while doing that the snake bites my other brother on the cheek.
    i panic and tell them he has to get an anti venom…i tell them a cobra bite is very dangerous.
    in the same dream i see a large, fat snake coming down a tree submerged in water and going aafter the snake mentioned above.
    we just look at it. i wonder if that fat snake is going to eat the other snake…but it just goes close to the other snake and get submerged in the water.
    the scene shifts and im trying to call our parents to tell about my bro being bittin by a snake, we cant get through to them
    so i.take my.brother to the hospital myself
    at the hospital i meet a nurse i meet a nurse going down a stairs how to get things done for a snake bite.
    she tellsme to do things normally
    we go down a place and i see a long line of people getting signed up to see the doctor..i ask my brother if he has any symptoms he says he has pain in the back coming to the front i tell him to wait while i go to the reception..i get a chit with a numner on it, before that i had a verbal altercation with a woman.and i go back and wait with my brother… i think that my brother should be given priority since he was bitten by a venomous snake and before i go up to the counter to tell this i woke.
    i remember being all worreid throught the dream, i woke feeling scared.

  • Dakota

    I have had two dreams in the same month about being bitten by snakes. The first was is kid of fuzzy, but I remember being bitten more then once and having to restrain the snake. It was green and it wasn’t poisonus. The second dream my friend tried to catch a snake and it immediately came after me and bit my left hand, ankle and my hand again. It wouldn’t let go so I bit it and killed it. Shortly after I noticed it was a poisonous snake and began to panic.

  • Melissa

    I dreamed that a big black snake bit into my chest and would not trun lose I tryed pulling it off but couldn’t and woke up scared to death can’t sleep now been three days what does it mean

  • Mairead

    I dreamt last night that I was trapped in a room with a snake for a very long time the snake did not attack me or do anything, until I was trying to leave. I attempted to run out the door and it was then that the snake bit my left hand.

  • Vicki

    I dreamed… that an older woman came to my house and left a box of snakes.  .one red.. One green and one yellow….. The yellow snake fought to get out of the box.. While the other snakes seemed happy to stay in the box….when the yellow one was fighting to get out….when it got out it ran at me and started to bit me over and over…. But when i woke up i wasn’t afraid….. ..

  • NU

    I dreamt that a snake was knwoingly in my home when the back door was left open. It appeared once and i went to catch/kill it but it escaped. There was a time lapse and it appeared again while i was laying down on my couch… i jumped onto my coffee table throwing things at it to avoid it getting closer but it was relentless… it ended up slithering up my leg and biting my thigh and then i woke up frantically grabbing my leg trying to get the snake that of course in reality wasnt there off of me, waking and scaring my fiance in turn.
    Any thoughts?

  • Arju Kundu

    I have show that a cobra ran behind me & bite me at the lower portion of the leg thrice .I show the dream in the morning

    • Guru

      Today in morning 5.40 am. I got attacked and partially bitten by cobrA in the right leg above the ankle. A boy was playing with it. My wife was with me and was doing some worship.

  • Mariah

    I literally just had the dream. The snake was my”pet” rattle snake named vaxcelian. For whatever reason I was keeping him in my work lunch box. I called for him to get back into the lunchbox and then started to cautiously zip up the ouch box when he bit my right hand. The bite was as clear as day and it stung I definitely felt it. Never have I experienced anything like this before. As of lately I have been doing hypnosis and meditation very heavily. I am working at a job I’m not 100% happy about it’s truly soul crushing office work. I’m a writer and find my happy place is when I’m writing my novels but I haven’t had the time I’ve wanted to spend on them. Maybe this was some type of wake up call, I don’t know…

  • Polly Middleton

    In my dream the snake was black and yellow and i felt the pain on my right hand.It felt like a dog bite but i have only ever been bitten by dogs on my ankle and left hand.Please reply!!

    • Maddie Dodson

      I had the exact same dream this afternoon while taking a nap!

  • bryan

    I had a dream that 2 different snakes at 2 different times of the dream had bitten my right ankle. They were both pretty big snakes and i had to pry them off of my ankle each time by grabbing the back of there heads and unlodging there fangs out of my ankle. One was a minty green snake and the other was an older off colored snake white and brown. There was no fear or pain. It was just. I had to pull it out of my ankle.  This is the first snake dream i ever had in my life and im 42 yrs old.

  • Rhica Agustin

    I dream a a snake bitten me in my right fist, but it doesn’t hurt me because the venom of the snake was already removed what is the meaning of that?

  • Dana

    I dreamed that a snake was biting my dog and I rushed to intervene.  The snake bit my hand but I killed it with my bare hands.  When I picked up my dog, I noticed the snake had bitten her front leg. I had the feeling that we were both out of immediate danger and would ultimately heal from the bites.

  • Patricia Speiser

    I had a dream I was walking when I seen a light tan snake next to me and another one in front.I tried to get away and there where 3 snakes that attack me.Told my father who has past in real life but he didn’t seem concerned.Meaning?

  • Loudy eugenio

    I dreamt last night I was bitten by a snake on my left foot… Can you give me the meaning of this?

  • Kunga

    Hello can you please let me know whats the meaning of snake biting. I dreamt big blue snake bite on my foot but I don’t remember which side snake bite me.

  • Zee

    I had a dream that a snake sat on my heard a black python. And someone kept telling me to stay still or it will bite me. It was a woman who was telling to be still I never saw who she was but eventually in my fright in the dream I almost peed my self and it bit me on my left index finger.

  • Gina

    I dreamt that a snake bit me on my left foot after me and my sister in law got into an argument then she was waiting for my fiance/her brother to tell him first. I was at my parents house which I am currently not living and the snake bit me while I was sitting on their steps, my dad rushed into the car so we pulled out the lane and my ffiance was coming the same time but he passed his sister and came straight to me in my dad’s car and asked what happen I showed him, he was frightened and I woke up. Please interpre?.

  • Fidel

    I had a dream bitten by a snake on my left hand. Please I need the real meaning of it coz I’m scared of the dream.thanks


    I had a dream early morning. One person of my know threw many snakes around me and one of them bite my on the middle partof my chest. Firstly i denied for treatment later i asked my husband to give me treatment he refused saying i won’t survive its of no use then after i falled down on my back right at the moment my husband saw n rushed towards me took my head on his lap n i died. What was the dream about.

    • Kajaja


  • Nicole

    I want to know what my dream meant.
    I had a dream that a snake (python) was in my house (the snake didn’t harm my family) and then bit me on my left hand, my mom was washing dishes and when I told her I had to go to the hospital she took her time and didn’t really pay attention and when i went to the hospital I blacked out.
    When I woke up I had a needle in my arm and the doctors said I got there just in time and that I would have died if I came a minute later.

  • Gwendolyn Terrell

    I never really saw what bite me i was in the pool and it bite my left leg in the dream i could see myself getting out of the pool and holding my ankle of my left leg

  • Frederickea

    I dreamed that I was at my mother’s house and we kept hearing a hissing noise. I looked at my mom sitting outside in the yard and the snake was standing up in her face. She leaned back and the snake slithered to my son sitting in the grass. The snake stood up slightly to his height and justed stared at him. I told my son to stay still because he was scared and everyone tried to get the snake to move away, but once it would it always came right back to my son. So finally someone got up and ran to the front door and the snake chased them and I snatched my son and took him to the car. The snake sensed it and charged us. He tried to bite my right hand on my finger. I grabbed the snake behind the head and hurried and snatched him off my hand before he could bite completely. My finger got snagged on his bottom fang. Unfortunately I couldn’t hold onto him due to him wiggling and I dropped it. It slithered away and we went into the house. Looking back into the yard it was infested with different species of snakes.

  • Toni

    My son had a dream this morning about a green snake, biting his hands and head, he bashed the snakes head and he said the snake kept biting him, the snake did have a scar on the top of his head due to my son hitting the snake.

    • Cris v

      I had the same dream too a green snake bitting my hand.

  • Gee

    My dream I saw a big snake in a hotel room, basically im on a hallway of a hotel room 208, but in my dream i dont sure if im looking for rm 308, When I saw this huge snake in a hallway,a Python type brown and black color, when i saw its huge length and diameter i grab its neck, but i dont know how i grab its neck, but im like lying on the floor and opened its mouth and pulled out its sharp teeth, around 2 inches in length and bitten my hand “right hand” and i woke up, i don’t feel anything its seems ordinary to me.

  • 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

  • Kirti patel

    I had a dream that a small snake bite me on my thumb of my left hand.
    I was afraid and woke up and saw the time was midnight 2:00 am.

    I would like you to tell me what happens on having such dreams and what should I have to do?


      Even i had the same dream

    • Loosey

      Me too. Left hand…

  • Apple

    My dream atarted when a yellow snake went straight to my mouth and bit my tonsil. I keeping pulling it out and began chomping it off while pulling until i was able to take it out.  A doctor was able to check it right aaway and was advised that the snake waant poisonous. Although i got a swelling tonsil which left me hard to talk for just a few hours. Its a weird dream but i qant to know what it means.  Thanks

  • Mona

    Yesterday I dream about snake bitting my younger sister den I have took poison frm her body 1 was colourful snake nd other 1 black 2-3 more snakes in hole were seeing me nd I snake was killed I dnt rmbr whether I killed or it was dead

    • S.S.N.

      I saw a dream. I was on the market road. A snake comes to me. It was a cobra or may be rattle snake.I wasn’t scared a lot but Lil bit. The snake bites on my right hand. But it wasn’t painful at all,I was only feeling his sharp teeth but not the pain. My half hand was inside his mouth. Then my mom and sister came. They took me to the hospital. My hand was swelled. I was scared of my death but didn’t felt any pain. At the hospital we found the doctor but couldn’t get the treatment. After that I don’t know what happened. I wants to know that what does my dream indicates to me.

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