king of the serpents. The basilisk, or cockatrice
, is a creature that is born from a spherical
-less egg, laid during the days of Sirius
(the Dog Star) by a seven-year-old rooster
and hatched by a toad
The basilisk could have originated from the horned adder or hooded cobra from India. Pliny the Elder described it simply as a snake with a golden crown. By the time of Middle Ages, it had become a snake with the head of cock, and sometimes with a human head.