Two 12-year-old boys came across a 3-foot-long ball python behind South Lawrence East Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
There was a shattered glass aquarium not far from the natural spring where the boys found the snake.
“Someone obviously left it there,” Lawrence Police Detective Thomas Cuddy said.
The boys put the snake into a box and brought it to the police station, he said.
“I guess they just thought it was the right thing to do,” Cuddy said.
The python was taken to the MSPCA in Methuen and received treatment for some minor cuts. The python is expected to fully recover and be available for adoption.
Lawrence police still do not know who left the python out in the cold, Cuddy said.
“If these people were found, they would be charged with cruelty to animals,” he said.