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Basilisks are said to infest the jungles of Yi Ti,[1] and were once numerous in the Basilisk Isles, lending them their name.[2]

In some places they are used to fight other animals, such as dogs, as wagers are made on the outcomes. A basilisk is able to tear a large dog to pieces.[3]

Basilisks are venomous and are the source of 'Basilisk venom' [4], a paste spiced with basilisk blood which gives meat a savory scent but which induces a violent madness in any creature with warm blood, whether man or beast. [5]

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When Daenerys is visiting the docks at the port of Qarth she dismounts from her silver beside a gaming pit where a basilisk is tearing a big red dog to pieces amidst a shouting ring of sailors[6].

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