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

  • Kirti patel

    I had a dream that a small snake bite me on my thumb of my left hand.
    I was afraid and woke up and saw the time was midnight 2:00 am.

    I would like you to tell me what happens on having such dreams and what should I have to do?


      Even i had the same dream

    • Loosey

      Me too. Left hand…

  • Apple

    My dream atarted when a yellow snake went straight to my mouth and bit my tonsil. I keeping pulling it out and began chomping it off while pulling until i was able to take it out.  A doctor was able to check it right aaway and was advised that the snake waant poisonous. Although i got a swelling tonsil which left me hard to talk for just a few hours. Its a weird dream but i qant to know what it means.  Thanks

  • Mona

    Yesterday I dream about snake bitting my younger sister den I have took poison frm her body 1 was colourful snake nd other 1 black 2-3 more snakes in hole were seeing me nd I snake was killed I dnt rmbr whether I killed or it was dead

    • S.S.N.

      I saw a dream. I was on the market road. A snake comes to me. It was a cobra or may be rattle snake.I wasn’t scared a lot but Lil bit. The snake bites on my right hand. But it wasn’t painful at all,I was only feeling his sharp teeth but not the pain. My half hand was inside his mouth. Then my mom and sister came. They took me to the hospital. My hand was swelled. I was scared of my death but didn’t felt any pain. At the hospital we found the doctor but couldn’t get the treatment. After that I don’t know what happened. I wants to know that what does my dream indicates to me.

  • leo rooster

    i had a dream that me and my mom are wondering in the street when i saw few dead cobras, while on searching(me) i see that there’s a big tail of a snake then suddenly the snake(just a half of him) rush through us and my mom was not that bitten but the snake pointing to her butt, i kick the snake(nearly to death) his head is silver color like a metal and also as hard, i keep on kicking the snake until i kick it to somewhere. after awhile, my father went home with his two captured snakes, it looks like a rough skin with a rock type design and his head has a spike (i forgot what movie i see that) and it strikes my right thigh. please help me

  • Myesha York

    My dream went like this: it was me, my daughter, and my son,we were playing in a pond looking area. We looked back and saw this black snake. We ran but then stopped. I looked back and saw the snake standing in front of my son ready to attack as he was yelling “stop, stop” but it bit him anyway. I picked him up and ran in the house to dial 911 but my phone wad dialing something else. Finally I got in contact with someone. As I was telling them what happened an elderly woman (perhaps my grandma) was telling me to hurry up because I don’t have much time. I realized that my son had two snake bites instead of one. What does my dream mean?

  • val

    my dream was this; there was a party in my house and all of a sudden there was a scream the snake was on the cake table it was not in attack form just curled,everyone seemed afraid except me so I grabbed it by the head and took it outside and I was gonna let it go but I heard a voice saying don’t let it go it’s the most posinist snake in the world so I took the snake to the edge of the street waiting for someone to come cut off his head, no one came so I cried, screamed even and opened it mouth and ripped it half but i looked down at my hand it had bit me.i woke up with tears and just full of sadness. what does that mean?

  • vinod

    today early morning i saw a snake bites in my left palm & write feet .please tell me meaning of this dreem. thanks

  • Heather Cabezuela

    I of someone I knew had a black Python snake and me and my daughter where there but we were unaware of The snake and we seen a reptile cage Andi. Side of it was the skin the snake shedded and it was hiding under a night stand and someone in my dream got it out from under there it was solid black and once was brought out it became very violent after my 4 yr old daughter and I protected her from it and it bit me instead of my daughter and it’s continued to chase me and my daughter but constantly bit me.  We would put it in another room and it would find a way in and attack me and I would let it bit me on my hand over and over so it will leave my daughter alone and the ppl who come take snakes away took the snake and brought it back An said it was to vicious that they couldn’t take it and I only remember it biting my hand over and over

    • Mysterious

      This really sounds like you may need to watch whom you bring into you and your daughters’ life. It could be symbolic of a person who is hiding who they really are and once you find out the person can become violent to the point their own family members’ are not able to deal with them/him.

  • Sandun Herath

    Hi there,
    I saw two big black and white striped cobras trying to attack me and my sister. I managed to get rid of them but my sister got bitten by one of them. Other was heading towards her to bite as well but i jumped and stopped it from happening. That is the place i walk up.
    The interesting thing is that the incident happened in the old place that we used to live and me and my sister was looking very young in the dream.
    Any explanations?

  • Michelle

    I had a dream that this black snake was following me around this big building it was one of my friends snakes. Other people had their snakes there too, but in cages. You had to take the snake out to clean its cage. Well this snake got out on its own. Followed me to the kitchen where it’s owner & owners mom were cooking up some food. I get up on the counter with my feet up there also. Trying to adviod conflict with the snake. It came right up to me lifted its head off the ground & launched & bit down on my feet. My feet were over lapping each other so one fang went into one foot & the other went into my other foot. I wasn’t really scared. Seemed like I just let it happen. I wasn’t terrified afterwards. My friend killed her snake for biting me. Went to the hospital & got it doctored up. It’s just weird how I was so calm.

  • len

    I dream that a green snake bite me on my left middle finger and when i pressed the bitten part a green blood came out. i rushed on the highway to get help when i saw an ambulance car and the nurse said that i just have to buy the medicine to get me injected.

  • Megan

    I had a dream that this snake I found I was trying to avoid it jumped out of a box but when I moved out of its way it still came after me coiled around my wrist and struck me on the back of the neck

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