A basilisk is a mythical creature said be the king of the snakes. It has the reputation of being the most poisonous creature on earth. Just looking at the basilisk snake brings about death, according to the legend.
The basilisk symbol was seen as early as the Middle Ages, but it also appears in an ornamental fashion in church architecture. The basilisk icon almost always symbolizes fear. Its origins are unknown, but most experts believe it got its beginnings in Africa. This king of all snakes scorches brush and grass with its breath and kills with its look and touch.