Flight delays can come from weather, maintenance and even surly passengers.

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Apparently, you can now add pregnant turtles looking for a place to lay their eggs to that list.

On Friday, flights at John F. Kennedy International Airport were delayed by a group of the shelled animals, as they took to the tarmac and runways in search of the perfect spots to store their young.

The diamondback terrapin turtles are not a new problem for the airport.

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Last year, 500 or so impeded flight schedules during the nesting season. The sandy soil surrounding the airport — just above the high-tide line — is apparently an ideal spot for egg-laying.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
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