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"Cockatrice" by Kent R Caldwell

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otherwise known as a Basilisk


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21 Sep 2002:-) Alaina R. Gonzalez
That is awesome! I like the detailed scales. What a cool-looking little creature!
21 Sep 200245 Verdego
Actually a basilisk is usually depicted as a giant lizard (sometimes with multiple legs), whereas this is indeed a cockatrice, and a truly amazing one at that. Great work, Im rally impressed! (I hope Im right about my fantasy, if I'm not feel free to correct me 2

:-) Kent R Caldwell replies: "Thank you much for the kind words regarding my pic. So far as I know, going back to its earliest descriptions the basilisk is portrayed as a snake with a comb. A book from 1480 (Dialogus creaturum) describes the basilisk as a serpent with some of the physical characteristics of a rooster. Later descriptions usually added a pair of legs (sometimes as many as 9 & a chickens's head. In later accounts wings were added too & eventually acquired the name cockatrice. However, more recent lore does distinguish the two. "
24 Sep 200245 ShadowRose
Anyone who thinks that a Basilisk is a many legged giant lizard is full of crapola. Thats just too much D&D for ya. A Basilisk by legend is a chicken hatched from a frog. Anyway, good job. I love drawing legendary creatures.
24 Sep 200245 Alisa Amaris
I wonder how that drumstick would taste, hmm... any way, this is really awesome! Are you gonna do a background..?
4 Apr 2003:-) Alicia Griffon Lady Lochbaum
Mrrrrr... I feel like I'm walking in a mine field here. This is a great....which ever it is. I'm looking for reference pictures of basilisks for a stuffed animal pattern and every one I've seen has all these cockatrice/baslisk arguments! Eeep! And I thought the 'What qualifies as a griffon/gryphon?" arguments were bad!
Since they aren't real, all are free to their own interpretation, I say. This one is great!
22 Jul 200345 Critic at Large
This is an amazing picture! I do, however, feel that I need to have my say about the classification of cockatrice/basaliks: It is my understanding that a basalik is an overly large serpent (comb optional) with a deadly gaze and poisonous touch. The cockatrice, however, is a beast like the one you have portrayed here; dragon-like wings, tail, and legs (sometimes) mixed with rooster-like features (i.e., head, neck, most of the body). *takes deep breath after prolonged spewing of trivia*. Again, excellent picture!
27 Apr 200645 Wolf
*wolf is amused*
7 Oct 2006:-) Stina E. Karlsson
Nice picture... me like much!
And regarding what a basilisk is, I don't have the energy to explain. But check Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilisk
27 Mar 200845 Ayana and Talbot
Me and a friend are studying dragons. our dragon of the day is the ****atrice. thank you for all the information. We owe you one.
10 Jul 200945 Relentless
The Celestial ****atrice by: xenia looks more like a chicken than any ****atrice I ever seen. This ****atrice looks more like a lizard than any ****atrice I ever seen. Cool picture, but it needs more chicken in it.
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'Cockatrice':
 • Created by: :-) Kent R Caldwell
 • Copyright: ©Kent R Caldwell. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Basilisk, Chicken, Cockatrice, Reptile
 • Categories: Dragons, Drakes, Wyverns, etc, Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen, Computer Program
 • Views: 18542
 • Resolution: 389x451

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