First off, I don't do this... That said, have there been any scientific studies on releasing long term captive snakes? I have heard opinions on their instincts lessen in captivity, but no one can substantiate these opinions with facts. I know that releasing newborn "wild" animals is no big deal - be it fish, ladybugs, what have you - in order to re-populate or control pests. I have also heard of the fear of adding diseases to the wild population. I don't know about that either - any facts? So, pertaining to native species, does anyone know of any hard facts about releasing long term captive snakes? To me, as basic as reptiles are, instinct would kick in regardless. However, I, myself, have no scientific facts to base my opinions on.