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

  • Patricia Speiser

    I had a dream I was walking when I seen a light tan snake next to me and another one in front.I tried to get away and there where 3 snakes that attack me.Told my father who has past in real life but he didn’t seem concerned.Meaning?

  • Loudy eugenio

    I dreamt last night I was bitten by a snake on my left foot… Can you give me the meaning of this?

  • Kunga

    Hello can you please let me know whats the meaning of snake biting. I dreamt big blue snake bite on my foot but I don’t remember which side snake bite me.

  • Zee

    I had a dream that a snake sat on my heard a black python. And someone kept telling me to stay still or it will bite me. It was a woman who was telling to be still I never saw who she was but eventually in my fright in the dream I almost peed my self and it bit me on my left index finger.

  • Gina

    I dreamt that a snake bit me on my left foot after me and my sister in law got into an argument then she was waiting for my fiance/her brother to tell him first. I was at my parents house which I am currently not living and the snake bit me while I was sitting on their steps, my dad rushed into the car so we pulled out the lane and my ffiance was coming the same time but he passed his sister and came straight to me in my dad’s car and asked what happen I showed him, he was frightened and I woke up. Please interpre?.

  • Fidel

    I had a dream bitten by a snake on my left hand. Please I need the real meaning of it coz I’m scared of the dream.thanks


    I had a dream early morning. One person of my know threw many snakes around me and one of them bite my on the middle partof my chest. Firstly i denied for treatment later i asked my husband to give me treatment he refused saying i won’t survive its of no use then after i falled down on my back right at the moment my husband saw n rushed towards me took my head on his lap n i died. What was the dream about.

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  • Nicole

    I want to know what my dream meant.
    I had a dream that a snake (python) was in my house (the snake didn’t harm my family) and then bit me on my left hand, my mom was washing dishes and when I told her I had to go to the hospital she took her time and didn’t really pay attention and when i went to the hospital I blacked out.
    When I woke up I had a needle in my arm and the doctors said I got there just in time and that I would have died if I came a minute later.

  • Gwendolyn Terrell

    I never really saw what bite me i was in the pool and it bite my left leg in the dream i could see myself getting out of the pool and holding my ankle of my left leg

  • Frederickea

    I dreamed that I was at my mother’s house and we kept hearing a hissing noise. I looked at my mom sitting outside in the yard and the snake was standing up in her face. She leaned back and the snake slithered to my son sitting in the grass. The snake stood up slightly to his height and justed stared at him. I told my son to stay still because he was scared and everyone tried to get the snake to move away, but once it would it always came right back to my son. So finally someone got up and ran to the front door and the snake chased them and I snatched my son and took him to the car. The snake sensed it and charged us. He tried to bite my right hand on my finger. I grabbed the snake behind the head and hurried and snatched him off my hand before he could bite completely. My finger got snagged on his bottom fang. Unfortunately I couldn’t hold onto him due to him wiggling and I dropped it. It slithered away and we went into the house. Looking back into the yard it was infested with different species of snakes.

  • Toni

    My son had a dream this morning about a green snake, biting his hands and head, he bashed the snakes head and he said the snake kept biting him, the snake did have a scar on the top of his head due to my son hitting the snake.

    • Cris v

      I had the same dream too a green snake bitting my hand.

  • Gee

    My dream I saw a big snake in a hotel room, basically im on a hallway of a hotel room 208, but in my dream i dont sure if im looking for rm 308, When I saw this huge snake in a hallway,a Python type brown and black color, when i saw its huge length and diameter i grab its neck, but i dont know how i grab its neck, but im like lying on the floor and opened its mouth and pulled out its sharp teeth, around 2 inches in length and bitten my hand “right hand” and i woke up, i don’t feel anything its seems ordinary to me.

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