• Behaviors that are closely controlled by genes with little or no environmental influence are called innate behaviors.
  • Innate behaviors do not have to be learned or practiced.
  • An instinct is the ability of an animal to perform a behavior the first time it is exposed to the proper stimulus.
  • Innate behaviors usually involve basic life functions, such as finding food or caring for offspring.
  • If an animal were to perform such important behaviors incorrectly, it would be less likely to survive or reproduce.
  • These innate behaviors are necessary for survival or reproduction.
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