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The Basilisk is a legendary serpent closely related to the Cockatrice and believed to be inspired by varied snake species found in the world. It was considered a "king" of the serpents and had the frightening ability to kill with a single glance, known as petrification.

The Basilisk is also said to be so incredibly poisonous and deadly that it leaves behind a burning trail of venom everywhere it goes, and indeed, this is how one could identity a Basilisk's hole, due to the ground being scorched around it.

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

The word "Basilisk" in science refers to Basiliscus, a South American genus of lizard containing four species.

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