Animal behavior is the response of an animal to a stimulus. Animals behave in certain ways due to 4 reasons: 1. To find food and water 2. To interact in social groups 3. To avoid predators 4. To reproduce. Animals cannot survive if they do not respond to the environment around them. There are two types of behaviors exhibited in animals: Learned and Innate.
Innate Behavior in animals refers to any behavior in which the animal can do at birth without any environmental influence. These behaviors occur naturally from the animal. Innate behaviors are also known as inherited behaviors. Examples of innate behaviors include: A spider spinning a web A caterpillar forming a cocoon A bird building a nest
Learned behaviors are those that the animal can learn to do based on the environment they are located. These behaviors can change based on location, needs, temperature, etc. Learned behaviors include babies learning to walk, monkeys learning how to open a nut casing, ducks imprinting on their mothers, and dogs scratching the door to go potty outside.