Police pull snake from Toronto school playground

Police removed a one-metre-long snake from a Toronto school playground early Tuesday, hours before students were due to arrive for their first day of classes.

Metre-long snake taken away in pillowcase

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 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, but the discovery prompted Const. Stephane St. George to issue the following message on Twitter:

"Pets are a responsibility. Prevent lost or escaped pets and contact the right agencies for unwanted pets."