09/03/2013 07:50 EDT | Updated 11/03/2013 05:12 EST

Police Pull Snake From Toronto School Playground

Students were headed for a back-to-school surprise Tuesday morning after police discovered a one-metre-long snake in a school playground in Toronto's east end.

Responding to a call in the early morning hours at Port Royal Public School in Scarborough, police found the snake — believed to be a boa or bull constrictor — slithering in the school's playground.

Police captured the creature using a pillowcase borrowed from a nearby home before turning the serpent over to the care of the city’s animal services department.

The discovery was made hours before students were due to arrive for the first day of classes.

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