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

  • Amol Arakh

    I had a dream during 0230-0245 hrs of a red/orange-black striped snake, I alerted one unknown lady about it and not to move nearby the snake, the snake was chopped in pieces which I have not seen of being chopped and the head of the snake was moving to bite someone which found an ox/cow and bitten its nose/tongue and the animal shouted in pain.
    What does it mean kindly explain!

  • Emerlin miranda

    I dream the white snake bite me because I want him to go in my hand but he refuse to go thats why he bite me he go to another hand but his head is missing

  • Ruan Paton

    I dreamed that I was back in the army and playing rugby for them. We had a brake during practice and i found myself with my nephew in the jungle but in a area where the rive flow, i shouted at him as he was playing with a lion and i was scared that the lion will bite him, i then turned to my left a saw a green snake witch then puffed up and showed it self as a green cobra. this snake bit me and with the second strike i caught it behind its head and wanted crush it scull with my grip on it but i realized that the hart is in the tail and not the head. i then through the snake away and started sucking on the bight to get the poison out. I reach the army camp and called for the medic where i looked at my arm and it was swollen up and black, like frostbite. the medic injected me and i could see the poison leaving my left arm. while standing in the camp i look back from the river i just came from and saw a bundle of snakes as big as anacondas coming down the river and they where eating each other, one snakes head pop out of the bundle to strike me and medic but another eat it again. this is where i woke up. can you help?

  • Birendra

    Starting with never had dream like this before,got a dream in which me and my mom was in room we were afraid,snake revolves us ,I tried to catch it up and I was succeed but a while suddenly it bites in my right hand , my family response was normal toward,she(mom) only put salt in the place where snake bites me, afterward I went to the room ,and snake arrive again and some process was starting and I was so angry I hold of snake and try to kill ,in that time snake bites me a lot.i didn’t remember I was sucess to kill snake or not but I tried….

  • Austin

    I had dream being bitten by black snake , it decreased my heart rate .it wasn’t painful , I was smiling saying that I wanna go to heaven . Then I woke up thought I was real dying .

    • Austin

      wait I died in the dream and then I woke up .

  • Abinash kund

    I just woke up from sleep after seeing a dream of an Indian cobra biting me on my both toe. The dream was too terrible that I could only see darkness after being bitten, and even for few seconds after waking up, I could feel that my toes are paralyzed. There was a power cut just within after I saw snake biting me and then ran away very angrily because I stepped mistakenly on it’s children which were lying near my slippers.

  • Carmaela26

    Old post but I will share anyway. A few years ago I kept dreaming of snakes…rattlesnakes in particular. Every night they would get closer. One night I dreamt one bit me in the hand. I was on a balcony and threw the snake to the ground below. Its head popped off and a new one sprang back in its place. I wasnt afraid but annoyed. Like it was injecting me with new “medicine” and even though I knew I needed it, I was being hesitant. That year I made changes and had big personal growth. I not only dreamed of snakes but came across them nearly every day for a year! The encounters were just too many and strange to fit in a paragraph.  This year the snakes have come back. I am at the precipice of some big decisions and I know Im holding on to old ideas and beliefs that are holding me back.
    Recently I dreamt a rattlsnake was near my daughter. I moved her but respectfully bowed to the snake. It bit me on my third eye. Again, I wasnt scared…very accepting of this. My sinuses swelled and the pressure became so great my face split, revealing my skull, which oddly was blue. This pulse, like binaural beats pulsed out of my skull from the bite. I could see the vibrations going out to infinity. Perhaps the effects of my decisions in waking life?. .next day I woke up and my sinuses were very swollen.
    This time im more open to snake’s message. I want to see how this plays out.

  • ritchel balaba

    the big snake/anaconda bite me at my chest..so i hold the snake and killed it..and after that i gave it to my boyfriend. my wound is big and form of circle.. what does it means?

  • Marites de leon

    In my dream I bite twice and its not hurt whatis the meaning

  • Vanilla

    In my dream I was in this room. there were these snakes approaching from under the bed. In this case I warned my family and they were able to protect themselves from it. As I left the room they are 4 more besides the door. Whilst at the door my cousin and I helped kill the snakes but by dissecting the head from the tail. Before I continue I would like to clear some stuff out of the way: 1) the people in my dream are my aunt, uncle and cousins of whom I live with. 2) we have a family dog that everyone is very attached to. I would literally die if something were to actually happen to him. That’s it.

    Continuing from where I left off…
    So after killing the snakes. I decided to go and check on my dog in another room in which he and my cousin and I sleeps.
    Opening the door he stood there on the bed very quiet.
    Now in my dream I decided to go and pick him up maybe to check on him or to carry him to a safe area. There I saw a snake bite on his neck. I put him down back on the bed but he was excited for me to pick him up again… I didn’t.
    It felt as though my fears were becoming a reality…

    I quietly ran downstairs to tell everyone the unfortunate news while in tears but the pressure and the news was too much. Thus, I fainted! Woke up crying.

  • Ikuobase sandra

    I saw in a dream that a green snake creep to where we dump dirty and as we about to kill d snake d snake wantedto attack me but i escaped it and d snake bite my kid brother on his left hand but he succedly kill d snake

  • Chris

    Ok last night, I had a dream that I was walking near some grass at night, and FOUR snakes bit me in the inner left thigh. The first three snakes that bit me instantly were small and painful. I wasn’t sure what bit me at first (it was night time) so I grabbed at it and when I pulled it up, I saw the three snakes. But the fourth snake was bigger and dark. But before I could react, the dark one striked out and bit me. It was poisonous and my skin started to swell and peel. I was getting mad because I live on and island inhabited by only brown tree snakes. Nothing poisonous I was told. So I was confused as well and kept asking, why was I misinformed…what does my dream mean please?

  • Aaron

    I dreamt that I was on a mountain and there was a rushing river of snakes cutting thru the mountain side as I turned to who ever I was with to point out this strange Snake River I see in 3rd person , myself being bitten in the face by a black and or gray snake but there was no fear and no pain and the bite had no effect the snake fell limp I then was in a war and couldn’t not see the enemy only one faceless person whom I shot down with a rifle as soon as this person fell from my bullets I was in the river of snakes no water just snakes they where huge and all around me then I woke with the strangest feeling

  • Lisa

    In my dream I am trapped in my car. There are a bunch of snakes out side and I keep shining my flashlight to the floor. One snake comes up thru a crack in the floor and bits my left foot. I’ve had this dream two or three times since I have been with my fiance and since we moved into this new place idk what it mean. We have problems in our relationship yes but we overcome them some times I think it means to leave him and go back to my family in Pennsylvania. Sometinmes I think I would be happier there like he is holding me back. I don’t know what it means.

  • uduak

    A man(my colleague) was pursuing me in my dream and i ran and hide in someone’s house in which they gave me some cloth to change on but I didn’t because I was scared.. But the person discovered where I was hiding and when I was trying to get out from there to ran away a mighty snake bite my finger(smaller one) in the process somebody uses his mouth to take all the blood and after that the persons reaction changed.

  • Ashley Laub

    In my dream a huge snake strikes at me and misses I started running from the snake and I look back at it and it had blond baby child riding on it the the snake bite me on my right shoulder then I woke up what does it mean

  • Carmem

    Last night I had a dream that I was somewhere didn’t recognize the place.. But I was coming out of a store and I didn’t see the snake until it jumped.. but I jumped back like the snake missed me and that’s when I woke up… Please let me know what this dream means… My friends and family are telling me different things…

  • Stephanie rodriguez

    So how my dream went was I woke up to a snake biting me on my left hand but I was still sleep dreaming all this I can feel the biting and the pressure of it felt so real in my sleep then in my sleep I gets the snake off of me try to throw it n my back yard but didn’t wanna go nowhere so I had my dad try to get it he throw it but at the same time I told my dad to close the door he took to long to close it so the snake came back in the house then it bite me again but this time it was on my right chest but on the side of my arm some how I got it out but then I woke up out my dream please someone tell me what that means oh I had spider dreams too.

  • Noemi

    Last night i dream about seeing a snake in front of my gradeschool classmates house, i alarm her and the snake bite her around her right hand, then the snake got to me and bite me in my right knee. And then after we scare the snake away, two little black snakes shows up and we fought it thinking its just small and its easybto take it away knowing that baby snakes are the most venomous. It bite us again on the same part. Then i hold the snakes head and crashed it untill it diea and I throw it away.
    During the party all i do is try to heal my wound and press it as the venom starts to squirt out, but it turns out that the venom was a black snake skin., thats what came out from my little snak bite., i was feeling good knowing that my life isnt in danger anymore for the venom was out.
    What does this dream implies in my life?

  • TweekybAby

    In my dream i was bitten by 2 different snakes.the first one I vaguely remember, but the second one I almost stepped on but sAw it as my foot was going down.it then bit me and I fell instantly to the ground. My muscles in my right were literally protruding. Then I got up walking saying I got bit by a snake earlier

  • Jasmine

    i dreamt last night this aggressive anake that was hiding in my laundry tub came ruahing out to bite me i wasnt as scared as i thought I’d be but. it got away then i tripped and landed on the floor and it bit my right leg twice.
    which lead me to here trying to interpret what it meant. I was calmer than i realised in my dream wasnt fazed by the bites yes they hurt but i wasnt terrified. i relaxed and let it bite me.

  • MissP

    Just had a dream about a snake biting me on the left and right hand. It came for me VERY fast.

    • Denis Down

      I dreamt the family python bit my left little finger whilst wrapped around my left arm.i am separated from my wife who said she wanted to start again with our marriage but continues to be selfish and difficult and pays no attention to me our our children’s needs,all the time just wanting to be with her new friends. We have started seeing a councillor and after saying she wanted to start again with our marriage she tells the councillor that she feels numb inside about me.I’ve had this dream twice in the last few weeks so I think It’s quite an easy one to work out.i do believe that dreams are a guidance system of the sub conscious .

  • Kashif

    I saw snakes in my house and i saw my son trembling due to snake bite
    Plz guide. What does that mean

  • Jay

    Just had a dream that I was visiting my friend, and we were sitting in his back yard when one of his pet snakes bit me. I yelled out, “oh, I forgot you had some snakes” so this black snake is biting my arm, so I quickly grab it by the head and squeeze tight until it let go. Then I asked someone to hand me a stick and as I lay the snakes head on the ground, and put pressure on it with the stick so it won’t jump out at me. That was it. Wonder what it meant. it was a black snake too.

  • Argos75-ph

    I dreamed about being on a different character (celebrity) i was with 8 guys who were dear to me. I was bitten by the snake 2 instances, first on the right side part of my back and second was on the same spot that cause me with severe pain that causes me to wake up. The creepy thing is that on the first instance it was the snakes purpose of bitting. On the second one there were 2 snakes. One is the same snake that bit me fighting with the white one which at the end loses to the original snake on my dream. Also as for the 8 people on my dream they didnt even tried to help me gettin the snake off of my back leaving me in severe pain even after waking up

  • Misty Smith

    Please help me….

  • Misty Smith

    I dreamed that it’s raining and a lot of little cotton mouth was coming because of all the rain me my dog some old lady was dying because she had been several times my dog was bitten couple times and I was bitten one time I think the man in my dream was an old boyfriend and not that long ago boyfriend. Was helping me in the dream it’s raining we was outside started running away from the snakes and they was inside of the house I was helping my dog that’s when on my right lag I got bitten..

  • Brenna

    A sandy sink hole filled with shadow creatures tried expanding and it got to a certain point they all kept out on land and a lot of snakes fell on me I threw some off but three were still there they bit me in the stomachs, arms tops of my legs ankles and forehead.
    I wasn’t afraid of them just creeped out and it didn’t hurt just felt it and was annoyed.

  • eidref

    i was dreaming that i see the snake then i try to hold it in her back but suddenly the snake is bending his head and bite me in my pointer finger and it will numb slowly but im not afraid to it then i wake up already to my dreams

    • Shankar

      I saw 2 snakes mating… A white one and a dark one ….!! Its been a month almost and then i got those 2 snakes exactly in the dream ….in the dream the black one tried to snatch me but fell apart then we stopped vehicle at a dead end white snake was hidden under the bike and bit me on my left leg !! Then we hurried to a hospital there was a line … We paid doctor fee and it ended funnily actually … The doctor didnt do anything until end and wasted time and there wer some bubbles on my fingers due to snake bite and they wer gone at the last !!
      Im only afraid that those 2 snakes wer little aggresive in the dream !!
      And yea in the dream there wer 2 lions coming towards us before the hospital but that lion was giving respect to me !! I didnt understood !


    Last night I dream that I’m in a different house were all family are present, when I look in the room there was young boy playing suddenly a snake came then the boy eat the snake while I run in the restroom and flushed the snake away, then suddenly I was bitten in the sole of right feet I screamed hard and then I woke up.

  • Shawn

    I had a dream were i was coming from some were with someone, well and in the dream it look and felt like we were going home from some were and suddenly this snake poped up and i slowed down and when i slowed down the snake pulled back and stricked at me biting me on my right hand and i bit off the snake head and when i did that the snake srinked and i awoken from the dream.like tweleve 37 am…

  • Fancy

    I had a dream we were after a big snake in the house and found an even smaller snake. My brother was slinging it around playing and somehow it bit me on the ear… weird. I was worried it was poisness and everyone kept telling me he wasn’t. I could have swore I was gonna die from snake bite and it ended up not being poisness. I’m the end I killed the snake.

  • mm

    I dreamed of a snake around my right arm and it hold me tides before it bit me. that is when i woke up screaming.

  • Sheila

    I dream that a snake bite on my back and right finger. What does that mean

  • Shavon

    I was at a resort with friends. Ut was a hot summers day. I was walking around taking photos amd videos of the resort.  I was pushing a pram but it had no baby in it. I wanted to take a photo of this spit braai and as I got there I walked so close to this snake. It was a very long snake and a guy was holding it by its tail. He was quite a distance away. He was in eye level with me. So the guy didn’t even try pull the snake away. So I turn around to try get away and my thought was to save the baby but in the beginning of the dream there was no baby I’m the pram. As I turned around the snack bit me at the back of my head. I collapsed to the ground and then i woke up

  • Morgan

    My dream happened in the day. I was walking in a field and when I saw the snake was so scared. Then the snake started to follow me. I tried to run, for whatever reason, and it was like the snake picked up on my fear and slithered faster towards me. I managed to fall to the ground where the snake crawled up me and bit me on the right side of my chest. Then I woke up.

  • Mz.Grits

    Well my dream took place September 23rd 2017 it was night time I want to say around 10 late or early 11 p.m. well I never had a dream like this before all I know is when I fell asleep listening to some Beethoven Moonlight instrumental music, well I guess I fell asleep because in my dreams it was as if I had a pet snake and it looks like it had a rat wrapped around hole in it all I can remember me saying was I’m going to give you some water and next thing I know it strike at me the first time but missed I’m not sure it might not had it but the second time it strike me and it hit me on my left cheek and then I woke up scared as hell paranoid 😅 checking the whole dam crib and then that’s when I looked up about the whole snake dream I would sincerely like to know what the hell that was about but so far some of the stuff that I did read in the dream for a snake dreams was right on the nail but I couldn’t find anything about as far as the meaning of when the snake bites you on certain body parts which on my left cheek

  • Annah

    My dream took place in the middle of the Nyt. It felt like I was being taken on a snake tour but could not see the guide could only feel n hear him. So walking down the street where different types of snakes were biting me could even feel the side effects on the dream but I never died. Was later shown of the snake that are said to bit only Kings and also witnessed the snakes going to place only occupied by Kings I guess they were trying to show me how intelligent those types of snakes were. What bothers me is me getting to feel the bite itself n feeling all the side effects but never dying n all the snakes bit my right index finger.. plz help interpret.

  • Laura

    I dreamt last night that a snake bit my left leg by my ankle. I couldn’t tell if it was poisonous but in my dream I went to the hospital and they gave me medicine and they put a cast on my leg/ankle area. What does that mean?

    • Sila

      Hi Laura, I exactly dreamt the same last night, how did you interpret your dream and what is happening to you after that time?

  • Marites claver

    I dreamed i had bitten by a snake on my left ring finger. What does it mean?

  • Jelah

    Dreaming my son snake bite his left hand

  • Bodil simon

    i dreamt of a snake biting my left hand while i was about to do my final exam.
    what does it mean?

  • Mary

    I dream last night that the small black snake bite me in my head.But i bite him back untill the body get separeted until I woke up .I dont remember if the the head of a snake still biten me coz im awake alraedy.What das it mean about bite me in my head.

  • Arinitwe Frank

    For me the snake bit me in the neck, what does it mean

  • Jerome

    Was bitten by a snake on my had but I was not frightened it bit me and I removed it and let it go on its way.

  • Tina

    I dreamt i was travelling a path with friend and i mistakenly stepped on a huge serpent so when i realized it was a huge serpent i tried to escape its anger only to meet other several smaller ones of different colours searching for my friends and i. Now we came accross a goldy looking one lying on a stone on our only path to escape, ready to attack. We tried to escape that route but i was bitten on my right hand by the snake. So my friends and i tied my arm to prevent the poison from crawling up and we gained help from a local health practioner who brought all the poison out leaving a dark spot scare on my right wrist. Later this health practioner was killed spiritually the next day for healing me in the dream.please what does it mean?

  • Vicki Hazel

    I dreamed I had fallen under a tree and could not get up and a big snake was getting ready to strike at me in my face. Immediately I woke up screaming. What does this mean?

  • Eden canete

    In my dream i was bitten in my neck by snake while i was sleep and then i was struggle to kill it and ny husband also help me, pls interpret

  • TM

    I saw in my dream that my friend was bitten by a snake and i sucked the poison out of his body

  • Sheena

    I saw a dream i was on the mountain and i saw one old woman biting by a white snake.  I shouted and after that i was awake.  What is that mean?  Need answers.  Thank u.

    • Joan Wanyutu

      in a dream one hitting of the head of a snake and swallowing it, what’s the meaning

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