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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680 Responses to Dreaming about Snake Bite

  • Benito

    I resigned from my job and is unemployed for 10 months now. Me, wife and kids have move into with parents in law and is staying with them for 6 months now. Last night I dreamt about black cobra’s starting at me while walking in a local park and suddenly the snake were chasing me and I had to ran, while I ran up a road I saw another black cobra’s on the road but the reptile disappeared into the bushes, However I decided to pass through the road and suddenly felt a snake bite on my left leg.and further got hold of a friend’s vehicle keys and drove to the nearest hospital while on the road a woke up and felth somewhat paralised in my legs.

  • Michelle

    Few months ago I have a dream snake bitten me at my lower back I was tired when the snake came to me I feel I can’t do anything. What I have right now I moved in to my new partner and he had 18 yearold son the only one son he living with us what make me think is related. To my dreams caused there’s is a rule of my life’s to indicate me what I need to be done. But since he live with me and his dad he have no responsibility himself the rule are broken his attentions seekers I feels he controls his dad specially financial matter so his dad now struggles to live he lots of depth or loans credit card left n right because of a nine teenager controlling the dad card and he don’t have a job for 10 months doing nothing. What the best things to do as a stepmother.

  • Kim Smellin

    I had a dream a few weeks ago about a snake that was hanging around me and my fiance was trying to shew it away. Last night I had a dream that someone gave me a brown snake for my birthday there was 3 people in the room at the time, not sure who they were but one of the people caught the snake and was on top of me with the snake allowing it to repeatly bite me right hand, I caught the snake at one point and flew it away long enough for me to get up. I’ve been having trouble with my right hand for 3 years, but I’m also having relation ship trouble too so which could this be?

  • Christy Roberts

    I dreamed I was bitten 3 times. 2 times on the right hand and then again on the back of my heel when I dropped the snake. I wasnt scared in my dream I was trying to be calm as to not get full on attacked by the snake. But then I woke up.

  • Travis

    Last night I dreamt a snake bit me in the face

  • Muize

    I am 22 years old tonight at about past 2:30 in the morning i had a dreams, I was on the road walking and i noticed some children in far front of me where chasing a snake, green in colour the snake ran directly to to where i was and bit me on my right hand before i had a chance. I didn’t wake up immediately still in the dreams looking for a cure and doing some other things i really could not remember, i work up almost exactly 3:00am from my sleep, I was not as scared ad i ought to be, i felt awake and active throughout the night, i will love to know the meaning of this dreams if it has i believe it does. I have never been so curious bout my dreams before. For some month now i been having financial issues which is really getting to me. Sorry for the lengthy message hope to get a reply thank you🙏🏽

  • Manilla

    I had a dream about being in a place with familiar people. One of the people I knew was sitting across from me but would not speak to me. From there I remember another person entering the room and handing me a snake, telling me to hold it. I went to pick it up but hesitated and jolted back, then it bit me in my right hand. Afterwards I asked if the snake was poisonous and the owner said no.

  • B

    I dreamt of being in a field filled with snakes around! I tried to run, and step over them to get to the clean side walk as quick as I could. As I did so, I got bit by six snakes.
    one I remember clearly biting the back of my neck. 
    As I finally made it to the side walk, I was slowed down. Felt like the poison was kicking in making me dizzy and everything was slow motion..then my friend comes and tries comforting me after that she leaves to get help, and I end up putting myself inside a container. I guess trying to hide…

  • Gina

    I had a dream that I was in a very familiar place where I go a lot in the summer. I got bit on my left forearm somewhat high up. It was a bad bite, and I was about 45 min away from help and all alone. I had to get myself to the hospital. When there they only cut it open and cleaned it out, leaving it gaping open, but no anecdote. It was terrible and looked really bad. It didn’t seem like it took long to heal, and when I showed it to people that asked about it, there were only to small marks from the fangs and nothing else.

    • Gina

      There were only two small marks. I kept thinking, I did it on my own, I got myself to the hospital and didn’t need the anecdote…

  • SJas

    I’m a 30 year old female. I’m about to spend 1 year traveling the world and I kinda feel I don’t have my own home.
    I dreamt I was fighting with a snake. Trying to kill it. I managed to kill it but then after killing it I realized I had a bite on my index finger of my right hand.
    2 weeks ago I dreamt I was being bitten by a spider. I was trying to kill it too

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