The Swamp Rattlers

Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
​The word "massasauga" comes form the Native American Chippewa language meaning "great river mouth." This is because of its habitat of swamps, which are often found around the mouths of rivers. The Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake is also known as the Swamp Rattler and Black Snapper. In Ohio, the massasauga can be found in bogs, swamps, and wet prairies of glaciated Ohio, where it feeds on lizards, small rodents, small snakes, young birds and small amphibians.The 20-30 inch long massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) is dark colored and stocky with a thick, triangular shaped head with black stripes. It has a small, but noticeable, rattle on the end of its tail.The venomous massasauga rarely attempts to bite unless highly agitated. Its venom is very toxic, but healthy adult humans rarely die form a bite because its teeth are too small to inject enough for great harm. However, a bite should still be considered very dangerous and immediate medical attention should be taken.It is diurnal during mild days, breeding April through May, which produces 3-19 (average 8) live young July through September. It becomes crepuscular or nocturnal during the hot summer months. It hibernates alone.Originally, this secretive reptile was probably native to the prairies of glaciated Ohio. During the early settlement period extensive farming and the draining of swamplands drastically reduced their population.Today, massasaugas live scattered in 28 Ohio counties, particularly in areas such as Cedar Bog (Champaign County), Killdeer Plains (Wyandot County) and Mosquito Creek (Trumbull County) Wildlife Areas. None are found in the marshes of Lake Erie.In 1996, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources placed the massasauga rattlesnake on Ohio's Endangered Species List.

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We are a hard hitting Blues/Rock band from Northeast Ohio. We also enjoy doing acoustic blues shows.

Artists We Like to Cover:

Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Bukka White, Son House, Elmore James, The Three Kings (B.B., Freddie, & Albert), Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, Taj Mahal, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, John Mayall, CCR, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes), Gary Moore, The Black Crows, Blackberry Smoke, Led Zeppelin, and many more...

Some of the Songs We Cover:

Jumpin’ Jack Flash /  Wild Horses / Midnight Rambler / Honky Tonk Woman / Brown Sugar


She Caught the Katy / Leavin' Trunk

Sharp Dressed Man / La Grange / Tush

Who Do You Love?                        
Black Magic Woman                              

Gimme’ 3 Steps / Simple Man
Jailhouse Rock / Little Sister              

Rock and Roll / Custard Pie
The Weight
Pride and Joy / Cold Shot  / House is a Rockin' / Taxman         

Keep Your Hands to Yourself            

Hoochie Coochie Man
Hard to Handle                                          

Susie-Q/Bad Moon Rising/Green River/Born on the Bayou/Run Through the Jungle
Rocky Mountain Way
Walkin’ Blues / Rollin' and Tumblin'
Roadhouse Blues                                       

Johnny B. Goode

As the Crow Flies

Old Time Rock-n-Roll                               

Can’t Get Enough
Shake Your Moneymaker                        

Stormy Monday / Crosscut Saw / I'll Play the Blues for You
Right Place, Wrong Time                       



I Put a Spell on You

Play that Funky Music

Beer Bottle Boogie

Still Got The Blues

That's All I Need

I'd Rather Be Blind

A Good Day for the Blues