The basilisk is a fierce creature, looking much like a featherless cock with a snakes tail and head. They are very commonly confused with the cockatrice.
In myths, it is said that the basilisk could turn anyone it laid its gaze on into stone. This is, however, like any true monster hunter would tell you, is bull crap. Basilisk do have poisonous breath though, the poison is more harmful to animals than humans. Breathing in the poisonous breath will usually only lead to an upset stomach. The poison in its stinger on the end of its tail, is however deadly.
The leathery skin of the basilisk is a high commodity in the north as you can only find these creatures in the southern desert-like terrain.