Pregnant turtles on a mission slowed JFK air traffic to a crawl over the weekend

There ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no runway long enough, to keep diamondback terrapins from their mating ritual, babe.

According to Gothamist, numerous travelers flying out of New York City’s JFK airport on Friday were delayed taking off due to dozens of turtles crossing the airfield.

The slow-moving culprits were diamondback terrapins, a turtle species that spends most of its time in neighboring Jamaica Bay, Queens — that is, until mating season comes around.

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