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Are Adders a bit like Ostriches?

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It is interesting isn't it. Ball Pythons are known  to curl up into a tight knot like ball when frightened or stressed (hence the name) - but I find grass snakes and juvenile adders already in these tight balls and have not observed anything that may have stressed the animal. I wondered too if it was linked to thermoregulation, perhaps exposing the least surface area to reduce heat loss? Very often if the animal is disturbed it will quickly become active, uncoiling itself from the knot and fleeing, which makes me think it is not a defensive posture as used by the Ball Python. 
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