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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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642 Responses to Dreaming about Snake Bite

  • Juan

    I just had a dream that I was visiting my parents and I had a fake black snake and I was going to prank them with it. My mom told me to keep it away from her so I tossed it aside and for some reason I turned around in the direction I threw the ‘fake black snake’ and it lunged at me and caught me just above my right collarbone. As my parents tried to remove the snake another black snake had already bitten my right Achilles heel and when I noticed I fell and woke up with pain in those area.

  • Sarah

    Hi I have dreamt that my young daughter was bitten on the leg by a black and red snake. In the dream she could then no longer hear and her pupils were as small as pin pricks. I woke up very scared. What does this mean?

  • Daya

    I was trying to quickly pass a bush/small tree when a snake darted at me I tried controlling it holding it by its neck but then it slipped out of my hand and bit my arm. I felt nothing than I woke up.

  • Christina

    I had a dream my son was doing a school project on some type of snake that wasn’t poisonous but paralyzed your body when it pushed its venom through you and did not let go from you until you had fulfilled the issue at matter.  For example; I got bit in the middle of my back and it just hung there and randomly pushed venom when it wanted me to hurry or got cold
    I needed to see some thing at a gym on based but once I got there no one except one guy stranger wanted to help me remove the snake because once it let’s go it latches onto someone else so we were trying to find a way to not have that happen and kill it since it was such a small snake.  I had gone by the er and police/fire station first for help but the snake wouldn’t let go.  I woke up to some guy and I pulling the snake off of me by holding its tail and prying its mouth apart and all the way back waiting for someone to get a butcher knife to cut its mouth apart and head off..we were still holding it when I woke up in pain and scared.

  • Nichole

    In my dream I’m here in the apartment with my 4 year old daughter and there is a snake in here it’s a cobra I think. I kept trying to keep my daughter away from it but she went towards it anyway and got bit on her foot then i kept trying to get her to the hospital but i never could make it to the hospital she said she had to use the bathroom and it took her so long i went to find her an when i got to her she was standing naked in the bathroom shaking and convulsing and then my sister was here and i was trying to get her to help me and it was taking so long and then i woke up. What could it mean?

  • Anna

    I had a dream I was with my friends on a night out. We came across some snakes and a crocodile. Some friends were bitten by snakes and then me on the leg, only a small bite. The snake then killed my 2 dogs

  • Jennifer

    It was a bbq, a pool party situation, but I felt out of place and needed to go.  I told my son we have to go, and as we were leaving the backyard patio to walk into the house I saw a snake right by us.  I was definitely scared but I instantly thought to myself in how fast can this guy move and pushed my son into the house. In that movement I exposed my forearm and the snake jumped at me, he latched onto me, fangs going into the underside of my left forearm. I didn’t panic, I just shook him off and thought everything is going to be ok… expect I saw the fangs were stuck in my arm, about 3 inches long two fangs hanging there.  I started to worry about the poison now and random people wanted to remove the fangs but I said no we don’t want it to break off inside me, let’s get to the hospital. Holding my fear inside me, I walked myself out of the house with the fangs inside my arm … woke up … couldn’t shake the feeling of the fangs.

  • Sean

    I dreamt my wife and I came home went upstairs and she was bit on her right arm, also in the dream our cat was being swallowed while by a different snake. I have had this dream for several nights now and am very perplexed by it.

  • Destiny

    I dreamed I was at my moms house and a snake bit my left arm. I did not care. I just threw it off.

  • John

    I am in China, and pick up a snke which i see in a room. I am trying to controle it, but it eventualy bits in my right hand. I am not frid and pick it up again to despose it.

  • Katie

    I dreamt that I was out walking on a nice day, and a Snake appears from long grass and strikes me ok the shin, not latching. In dream I don’t appear to be alarmed but look down just merely curious as to why. And then I woke?

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