In this, they are more snake-like than humanoid as they only come into season during the summer months. Like the snakes they resemble, the nagas are egg layers. Despite the differences in their body colorings, all naga reproduce in the same manner. They employ internal fertilization through a pair of forked hemipenes stored inverted in the tail of the male. The hemipenes are grooved in order to better get a grip on the walls of the female’s cloaca.
Once the female has conceived, she builds a nest for her eggs even though they won’t be laid for some time. Nagas are ovoviviparous, keeping the eggs inside their bodies until they are 5-7 days away from hatching. Prior to laying her eggs, the female doesn’t often travel far. Once the eggs have been laid, the female will coil her tail around the nest, refusing to leave. It is the male’s job to bring her food. In each clutch, a female will usually lay three eggs, though two and four egg clutches aren’t unheard of. All of the eggs laid are fertile. It’s rare that any of them don’t hatch.
The newly hatched nagini are far more able to function than a human baby. They can move under their own power, but can’t really see well and their hearing isn’t so good. Like all nagas, nagini have an excellent sense of smell and can identify both parents and siblings by scent if they are exposed to them enough in the hours just after hatching.
The nagini stay with their parents until they reach full maturity, a process of about twenty years. Sometimes, the parents will have other clutches while the first one matures, but most wait until the first has left the nest. Since naga live for a long time, this isn’t really a problem. A pair of naga can have quite a few clutches over their reproductive lifetime.