Mythological Creatures: Basilisk

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Basilisks are known for their role in mythology as being the kings of snakes. Although they have played a major role in Greek mythology, it is nearly impossible to get an accurate description of them since it is not possible to look into the eyes of a Basilisk and survive the encounter. There are some who say that the king of serpents has not only snake-like features, but also rooster-like features. Basilisks are said to be formed from the union of a rooster and a serpent, and are therefore depicted as having the body of a rooster and the tail of a serpent. It is cousins with another mythical creature, the cockatrice. They are known to stand upright, rather than slither like other serpents. However, all of these details are put together by humans who have not been able to even look at the creature without dying...

What is known is that they were often portrayed as having yellow eyes and some sort of a crown on their heads. In other instances it is said that if one is to look in the eyes of the snake king, not only would they would die instantly, but loose all of their flesh as well. They are said to be no longer than twelve finger lengths in size, and deadly just to be near. Other serpents fear this king and will often flee the scene if one is near. The very breath of the basilisk would bring instant death to all creatures and plants in its wake. As strong as the basilisk is, they are known to have an incredibly odd weakness - they are known to be weak to the smell of weasel.