The Red Cedar River in Lansing has an overabundance of Map turtles. I see them en masse along the riverbanks whilst kayaking. Occasionally, I see a painted turtle, but they are few and far between. Last week, I caught a glimpse of the monster snapping turtle below. It nearly capsized the log on which it rested to sun itself. Based on the length of my kayak paddle blade, I estimate that the part of the turtle sticking out of the water was at least two-an-a-half feet long. I can only imagine how heavy this turtle must be!