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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

  • strangedreams

    I had a dream about the end of the world. Sky was on fire and stars were falling. I was attacked by strange creatures and almost died but a dark little snake saved me. It protected me and killed those who tried to harm me. I don’t know where it came from but it felt like it had always been by my side. The snake had red glowing scar that formed word “love”. It stayed on my arm the rest of the dream. I could trust the snake and it looked at me as it would have loved me. I never had had a snake in my dreams before also I never saw them in real life.

  • shweta

    I have dream that a black snake attacked me…
    Wat does it mean plz tell me

  • Eli

    I dreamt that my oldest son, who then changed to my brother, who looks like my son, a found a snake coiled up in a hole on the side of hill. He, my son first, grabs the snake by the head, then its no longer my son, its my brother, who struggles to control the snake and it bites him-my brother. but I telepathically, (I never spoke in the dream) tell him to kill the snake by squeezing it, my brother finals kills the snake. I approach him to feel the snake see if its dead, and it is. But my brother is bitten, so now I need to take him to the ER- but I wake up. (Background of real life:I no longer communicate with my family- mom bros/sis’- bc they despise my wife(married 25yrs) my bro who was bitten by snake has made some remarks and action that hurt my wife. I have always tried to keep the peace but been futile.)

    • Velma

      I have dream this morning about the yellow green snake was attacked me

    • Anonymous

      my brother was killed on Aug 4.

  • Leif

    Me and my wife and my baby sleeping suddenly wake up by chicken or hen try to give us a warning then i saw a snake dark and yellow marks trying to crawl on the sheets but i try to hit with CD RACK i cut the tail off trying to bit me still on my leg but I avoid it

  • kmem

    One month ago, I had a Snake attack dream. Before attack I saw image of our close neighbour and then Snake attack. Got scared and woke up. What does that dream mean?

  • Moselle

    I recently just had a baby he’s a month old now and I had a dream him my husband and I where In a Field having a type of picnic and all of a sudden I look up and a huge snake swollowed my son and had another baby in its belly too, and I’m screaming at my husband kill it get him back, and my husband starts moving all slow and acts like he doesn’t know what to do and finally I look at him and the snake has bitten him in the face causing one side of his face to slide down, it looked as if someone where having a stroke. I start to freak out even more and for some reason I’m mad at him and start yelling. Then I wake up.
    Any one have and advise as to what this dream might mean?

  • Sandy

    I had a dream last night that a white cobra type snake jumped up into the air and bit my neck. I was able to choke it to make it let go of me.  Then another poisonous snake came by and I grabbed it by it’s throat.  I shoved the head of that poisonous snake down the mouth of the cobra choking it.  Poison was gushing everywhere from both. I managed to get get the tooth of them stuck in my hands and the poison from both snakes got into my hand. Both snakes died and I was on my way to the emergency room when I woke up

  • Priscilla Y Regalado

    I had a dream about fighting a snake. I was holding its head and choking it while my other hand was holding the tail.

  • Awori Grace

    I had a dream last night that my four year old baby girl alongside other people had been swallowed by a giant pyhthon, and i later managed to rescue tnem from the Python as it slept and when it woke up, it swallowed someone again and was after my daughter again buh i whisked her away then someone shot the python. Am worried someone pliz interpret for me this dream

  • Daniel

    I keep seeing a rattlesnake and water moccasin fighting each other in my dream but when I wake I feel as if the rattlesnake spirit is looking out through my eyes

  • Charlot

    I had a dream that i was working at this place and then there was a cat poking its head out of the wall and so the people told me to push it away with skis and so i did but one of the skis turned into a snake and then it was coiling around my chest and killing me and to save myself i had to sing the snakes name and I woke up when i was just about to die.

  • Jackie

    Had a dream I was holding a red snake.  Something was said that startled me and I moved suddenly. The snake kept trying to bite me as I was trying to get a better grip of it.

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