After being boxed up for a long time, trying again to get the Basilisks up and working. They are collapsed in my sandbox for anyone wanting to take a look.
As an exotic animal it's simply not that interesting. Six legs and combustion-causing venom are the only things that set it apart from a komodo dragon, and neither of those are all the compelling as hooks.
Remember that dangerous != good SCP
Threaten normalcy or make us feel for the SCP
You tried on the first note by having escaped specimens and combustible venom, but its not particularly interesting. even if it survived on the wiki it wouldn't get many upvotes.
ON another note… why are they basilisks and yet combust people… shouldn't they be paralyzing or turning to stone?
There are multiple basilisk types. some set you on fire, some paralyzed you, some turned you to stone. They are supposed to be dangerous.
Also, it was meant to hint that there are still some out in the wild (not escaped) and they are scary smart, so far as those they didnt catch are hunting the original containment team.
Also meant to hint that something worse happens if two of them breed, something right from the original legends.
Regardless, I've already decided this take of them won't fly and doing a complete overhaul.