Non veni pacem mittere, sed gladium.
And if a snapping turtle doesn't take it, an alligator gar might.
Must be the female of the species on the left ......
I've floated in many rivers and lakes, never worried about turtles. Alligators, on the other hand ... I've met a few way too close and personal. Water skiing on a gravel pit lake and broke the fin off the ski when I bounced off the back of a nice sized gator. Those and water moccasins are way more worrisome.