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Dreaming About a Snake Attack

Snake Attack Dream

The meaning of a dream about a snake attack is tinted by the emotions felt by the dreamer, whether it’s fear, anxiety, surprise, feeling constricted or trapped.

Where in your life do you feel this way?  How you feel while you’re dreaming about this wild animal attacking you will give important clues to understand the meaning of your dream. The presence of an aggressive serpent  can be interpreted as a symbol of tension or resistance you experience in your waking life and need to acknowledge more fully.

Dream Meaning Summary

  • The instinctual part of yourself is being constrained; need to open up, express and channel it in more conscious and harmonious ways.
  • Threat whether perceived or real, worry; threatening feeling that is coming back at you after being avoided or cast out of your awareness; time to explore and face it.
  • Fear of taking risks; navigating moving waters, uncertainty.
  • You are in the process of becoming more aware, conscious.

What does being attacked by snakes in a dream mean?

Here are several definitions to help interpret your dream.

Dream Meaning #1: Facing a threatening situation in your life

A wild animal like a snake that attacks you in a dream could point to a situation that feels unsafe or threatening in your waking life.

The dream may be an expression of a strong discomfort, worry or even fear as you are being confronted with a challenging situation. Dreaming of a snake attack signifies that you’re not fully acknowledging these feelings or the situation and need to pay more attention to it.

The snake attack is an indication of the need to take care of whatever is triggering resistance in a more conscious manner. In other words, one of the main meanings of the dream is to face and explore what in your waking life is perceived as a threat and find ways to deal with it before it strikes.


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Snake Attack Dream

Dream Meaning #2: Fear of taking risks

Dreaming of a snake attack could be an expression of the fear of taking risks in an uncertain environment. The serpent represents the fear of risking too much and getting hurt.

The attack is an expression of the hesitancy, inner resistance towards making a move in a sensitive situation where you fell that every move on your part could be perceived as an attack by someone else or, in turn, trigger an attack towards you.

You need to examine if there’s a situation in your waking life where you need to take action and move carefully in order to bring a resolution. The dream may point to a relationship where you are “walking on egg shells”. It may also indicate that you need to take some risks and perhaps get “bitten” in the process in order to move forward.

Dream Meaning #3: Expressing an unresolved part of yourself

Snakes are untamed animals and as a dream symbol, they could represent a “wild”, untamed part of yourself that you or others may judge as socially or morally unacceptable.

Typically associated with sexual or sensual expression, the presence of the serpent in your sleep is associated with deep instinctual drives. It can be related to aggressively, expressing your primal energy, creativity.

A snake attack in a dream indicates that you are in the process of becoming more aware of that aspect of you, whether you want it or not. The attack reflects the inner tension between what has been hidden or repressed and is challenging your world now. The dream points to your resistance to change or to a fuller expression of a part of you that is being avoided or neglected.

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.

  • What kind of snake is in the dream?
  • Is a part of you like the snake in your dream?
  • Is a person in your life like the snake?
  • What aspect of yourself or deep desire do you secretly wish to bring to light and reveal to the world?

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Need Help to Interpret your Dream about a Snake Attack?

Post your dream below if you had a dream featuring a snake attacking you or someone else and need help to interpret its meaning. Other people passionate about dream interpretation will have a chance to answer. You can look at other types of snake dreams in the Dreams Forum.

168 Responses to Dreaming about a Snake Attack

  • Terri Johnson

    I dreamed that a young boy around 11 or 12 put a snake in my and 2 other cars through the tire area. I kept turning on the light to see if it was in the car. The third time I tirned on the light, it was by my feet. So I reached down and picked it up by the neck. It wrapped itself around my left wrist trying to bite me. But, I managed to get it unwrapped. I tried to drop it out the window, but it kept tensing up and wouldn’t fall. It tried to bite me, but somehow I grabbed its head to prevent it from happening. The last time I tried to drop me, it tensed up and wouldn’t fall. Thus time, it bit me. I woke up. Talk abour screaming. My wrist hurt from the bite in the waking life for about 15 minutes after I woke up.

  • Monica

    I had a dream that there was a huge anaconda on the side of my house. My family was on the porch and my u co.e was like aligatmtore wrestling it to catch it it had attacked and bit a few of my family members. Because they were being stubborn and not listening to me to get away from it. But I had seen no damage to the bite.

  • Bertha

    I have very realistic dreams where I wake up crying or laughing. This dream was about a huge snake. I hate snakes! In my dream I either had had triplets or had been pregnant with triplets.  The giant snake walks up to me and looks me in the face, it l makes itself into my throat and all the way into my uterus getting a hold of my child as I struggle to breath since I felt I could not gasp any air. The snake is balled up in my uterus moving like crazy and finally makes its way out of me and spits my baby out!the snake had killed my baby. Then the snake repeats its same steps again.  After the second death of my baby I turn to look at my third infant as I am fighting for air because I can’t stop crying. At this point I’m at a panic attack,don’t know weather to give up and give in to the fact that this huge snake will take my third child or to keep fighting as the snake stares deep into my eyes with evil looks. I wake up not knowing if I lost my third child and crying uncontrollably and in deep sweat and breathing heavily

  • Kerrie

    I had a dream that a huge snake was trying to swallow me. It had me all the way to my chest, when my dog attacked it and tore it apart to get me out.

  • Tierra

    Last night I had a dream about a snake attacking my brother. It didn’t bite him, but I was scared and crying and trying to tell him not to move. Never really had a dream like this involving my little brother being in harms way so I’m just wondering what the dream could mean.

    • Brenda

      I had a dream a snake attacked my big brother an still trying to find out why I had this dream last night anyone can u help out with this please!!

  • S

    I had a dream that my dog and I were walking through a forrest and he went into this hole that was just the right size for him but I had a bad feeling about it so I started yelling at him not to but he wasn’t listening and then I looked into the hole and a huge yellow boa constrictor had wrapped around him and killed him

  • Dd

    Lastnight I had a dream that a yellow snake was licking my brothers face, kind of like a dog would. However, I had this strong urge in my stomach that it was about to bite him. Afterwards, we were running and trying to hide his scent from the snake.

  • Lisa Montgomery

    I have been dreaming a snake wraps itself sround my granddaughter at the age of 2 but the only thing she is nearly 8 then we find more snake hidden inthe room it happened a few days times now we do end up catching all the snakes

  • Priscilla Ng

    I dream few snakes at middle of the road and many cars keep going. And some cars has hit the snakes. Some snakes are even injured.The snakes keep looking at me but I feel helpless I can’t help the snakes and at the same time I feel fear the snakes. I scare the snakes bite me.

  • Carol

    A lady brought a 6 ft rattlesnake with 2&1/2 inch fangs in my yard that she just caught. It was still well alive. As she approach me, it broke lose from her hand that held the head & started striking at me. I could feel it hitting the very thick leather coat I had on.I hit the ground covering my head with said coat. A friend tried to get it. But it struck his hand. In the end, my husband got it with a dog catcher leash. I was very scared, yet angry at the same time. I did not know who lady was.

  • Anthony Herrera

    My son and I were on a a hiking trail up a mountain and as we were reaching the peak and slips towards brush but I catch him and as I pull away I don’t hear anything but all I see is a rattlesnake striking and then I woke up

  • Stacy

    Last night I dreamt that I was playing with a large snake. It was almost like wrestling with a dog. But the snake was getting out of hand. It was playing too rough.  And I kept playing even though I didn’t want to.  I was afraid to stop. The snake never bit me but it kept trying to. I kept seeing its mouth opening wide and it kept jumping at me. I was standing up and the snake would fly up from the ground at me with its mouth open. I would hit it away from me and it just kept happening again and again.  I was in an unfamiliar room and there were unfamiliar people in there with me sitting down.  It was like a living room in a house.

    • Jocasta

      This is a meaning of you living in old place in the past that u can not recognize and your very close to someone that just got back in your life and is going to cause some disturbance in the family you posted this back in February so it should have taken place already or it’s problems coming disturbance in the family’s.to stop it from happening light up a white candle and pray

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