The concrete slab step was one of several used many years as a way of entry into the home. Since it was intended only to be temporarily there until a more permanent porch and steps could be constructed, the concrete slab was not cemented together with the others. The gaps between the slabs made perfect narrow, dark, and perhaps cool, pathways for visitors of another kind. Garter snakes, rubber boas, blue racers, gopher snakes, and alligator lizards occasionally found refuge there, much to the delight, or perhaps fear of visitors of the people type. If one was a herpetologist, or a budding one, there was some excitement, of the good type, upon seeing some of these guests. People who came to the home, who may have been less likely to show an enthusiastic response to these other visitors, perhaps should have had advance notice, such as "Mind the Gap."