According to Greek mythology, Basilisk is a legendary reptile which is extremely venomous. It is said to leave a trail of venom behind and kill a person simply by looking at them. It is sometimes referred to as the king of serpents.
The basilisk contains parts of three animals: A huge lizard, with a cock's head and snake’s teeth and tail.
The origins of Basilisk is said to be from a yolkless spherical egg which was laid by a seven year old rooster and then was later hatched by a toad. It was laid during the days of the Dog Star, Sirius. Protestants look on it as a symbol of papacy.
It is said that there are two types of Basilisk. One of them kills by spitting fire and the other by just looking. They are also said to kill by conducting poison through weapons. They can be killed only by their own kind, so a mirror is held in front of them and they die because of their own glance.
The basilisk is also said to have some natural enemies. It cannot kill the weasel with its glance, it usually burns all the stones and plants in its way but it can not burn rue. It also is scared of the rooster, because if he listens to its crow, he will perish.
Basilisk was kept in the temple of Apollo and Diana and sometimes its carcass hung in houses to kill spiders.
Basilisk is still used in fantasy books and animations.