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Plumed Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)

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A professional illustrator and translator, Martina Knecht is the creator of PIN-OOPS Illustrated Supermodels

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    Martina Knechtover 2 years ago

    In European bestiaries and legends, a basilisk is a legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents and said to have the power to cause death with a single glance.

    Leonardo da Vinci included this species in his 1494 Bestiary. He described the basilisk as “so utterly cruel that when it cannot kill animals by its baleful gaze, it turns upon herbs and plants, and fixing its gaze on them withers them up.”

    (10. CRUDELTÀ. Il basalischio è di tanta crudeltà che quando colla sua venenosa vista non pò occidere li animali, si volta all’erbe e le piante, e fermando in quelle la sua vista, le fa seccare.)

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