The Basilisk is a legendary lizard closely related to the Cockatrice and believed to be inspired by varied snake species found in the world.

It is considered a "king" of reptiles and had the frightening ability to kill with a single glance. The Basilisk is also said to be so incredibly poisonous that it leaves behind a burning trail of venom everywhere it goes and indeed this is how one could identity a Basilisk's hole with the ground being scorched around it.

The only way folklore said that a Basilisk could be harmed or driven away was via the odour of a weasel, presumably due to the fact weasels are natural predators of lizards and snakes (especially the mongoose).

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