The cockatrice is a mythological creature with the body of a dragon or serpent, and the head and legs of a rooster. According to myth, they are the product of a rooster egg (a rare thing indeed!) hatched by a serpent or toad. A magical creature, it can kill with a glance, and its breath is poisonous. The terms “cockatrice” and “basilisk” are usually used interchangeably. (description snagged from here)
If I remember properly the “nevernude” jean shorts were what brought this baby to the top of the heap.