Police in Indonesia have seized five Komodo dragons and other endangered animals being sold and trafficked illegally.

East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said five suspected smugglers had been arrested in Semarang and Surabaya.

“The suspects sold the komodo online through Facebook,” said spokesman Mangera in a statement.

The smugglers confessed to police that they had already sold more than 41 of the reptiles, said east Java police director Ahkmad Yusep Gunawan.

The endangered reptiles were being sold for up to US$1,400 each.

Komodo Dragons are the world’s largest reptiles in the world.

They can grow up to three meters long and have razor-sharp teeth and a poisonous bite.

Full size komodo dragon

Komodo dragons are only found on a small group of Indonesian islands and are protected by international law as they are endangered animals.

They are sometimes illegally smuggled as exotic pets.

Officials said they also recovered bearcats, cockatoos and cassowary birds from the suspected smuggling ring.

If convicted, traffickers could face up to five years in prison and heavy fines.