The Anatolian newt is primarily nocturnal, but is also known to be active during the day (6). All members of the Salamandridae family have skin which produces toxic secretions (7).
The breeding season of the Anatolian newt starts at the end of April or the beginning of May (3). Breeding begins with the male either swimming or walking behind the female or approaching from above, before placing itself in front of the female. The male Anatolian newt then performs a mating display which involves a movement known as tail-fanning, during which the female remains motionless. Bouts of tail-fanning, which usually last about three seconds each, are alternated with motionless pauses in which the male holds its tail in a bent position (2).
Following the courtship display, the male Anatolian newt will turn away and walk ahead of the female, keeping its tail slightly raised, with the female following if it is responsive. While making agitated, snake-like movements, the male deposits a spermatophore in front of the female. The male then moves away to allow the female to move over the spermatophore, sticking it to the cloaca (2).
An intruding male can sometimes disrupt a mating pair and take over courtship by placing itself between the displaying male and the female. Similarly, a second female can move in behind the creeping male and begin following it, pushing the first female away (2).
The female Anatolian newt deposits the eggs under stones or in hollows and crevices, either individually or in small clusters (2). Each clutch usually contains between 10 and 20 eggs (1) (5), although larger clutches have been reported (6). The Anatolian newt lays relatively large eggs, and does not provide any parental care such as egg guarding (7).