About Obie’s

Who or what is Obie’s Worms?
Obie’s Worms is black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illuciens) that provide insectivore owners with a highly-nutritious and healthy pet food.

Where are Obie’s Worms grown?
Obie’s Worms are sustainably produced in Halifax, Nova Scotia and are now available Canada-wide!

Is Obie a real gecko?
Yes! We love our pet leopard gecko, Obie. Check out our Blog to see what she’s been up to lately.

Sustainable Worms

How is Obie’s Worms committed to saving the planet?
With our planet facing a critical protein shortage, we found ourselves looking for an opportunity to produce high quality protein more sustainably. We founded Obie’s Worms with the goal to create a more eco-efficient protein source, and of course, to create a high quality for our pet Obie.

How does Obie’s Worms grow sustainable feeder insects?
We don’t import expensive feedstock for our insects. Our process is ‘local’ in every way. We stabilize organic food waste from sources like breweries, to feed and grow Black Soldier Fly Larvae. The result is a protein that isn’t just sustainable, it’s also a nutritious staple for our insectivore pets and yours.

Pet Nutrition

Can I feed my pet Obie’s worms as a staple feeder insect?
Obie’s Worms are great for all small and large insectivores, whether they are reptiles, amphibians, birds or mammals. Lizards, snakes, frogs, even spiders and hedgehogs thrive on Obie’s Worms. And of course our leopard gecko Obie loves them!

How is Obie’s Worms committed to my pet’s well being?
We wouldn’t want you to feed your insectivore anything we wouldn’t proudly feed our own pet Obie. Obie’s Worms are the only wiggly, live reptile food she needs. They catch Obie’s attention in the tank, they keep her tail fat and her belly full. We only feed Obie our worms — they’re all she eats!

What is Obie’s Worms nutritional reptile food profile?
Our Live Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Hermetia illuciens) pack >3000 ppm calcium, and are 50% protein (dry weight) with a Calcium to Phosphorus (Ca:P) ratio of ~ 1.25:1. They also contain all the essential nutrients your insectivore needs. Check out our nutritional profile.

Why does my pet need Obie’s Worms?
Our insectivore friends need calcium for bone health, just like humans and other mammals. Insectivores typically have a high dietary calcium requirement so supplements and calcium dusting are often needed when feeding other insects to keep your pet from suffering calcium deficiency. At >3000 ppm calcium, Obie’s Worms provides all the staple calcium your pet needs from her food.

Our Product

Will my pet eat these?
Insectivores are notoriously finicky eaters. Most will swallow their prey whole and tend to ignore anything that doesn’t move. At room temperature, Obie’s Worms are the perfect wiggly staple to catch your lizard’s attention. Obie’s Worms are great for lizards, snakes, frogs, even spiders and hedgehogs. If you or your pet are unsatisfied with your purchase, email us, we want your feedback.

What are Black Soldier Fly Larvae?
The Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) is a common subtropical fly of the family Stratiomyidae, the adult flies are up to 18–20 mm in length.  The larvae  (Black Soldier Fly Larvae  or BSFL) are a great supplement for animal feeds, as feeders for owners of insectivores, or as compost boosting grubs. They are very high in protein (can be greater than 50%) and store high levels of calcium which makes them beneficial to reptiles in particular. The true power of this insect lies in the ability of it's larvae to consume almost any kind of organic waste — and they are a great  ally in confronting both the global food waste crisis and the world’s looming protein shortage.

How are Obie’s different from Reptiworms™, Phoenix Worms® and Calciworms®?
All of these trademarked products offer the same species of Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Hermetia illuciens) — the difference in each of these products is in how the fly larvae are produced and what they’re fed. Obie’s Worms are a truly efficient source of protein, produced sustainably, using safe organic green matter as a feedstock.

Do I need to gut-load my Obie’s Worms?
No. Obie’s Worms are like organic supplementation for your reptiles already — they’re a perfect, naturally-balanced staple for your pet.

Do I need to dust my Obie’s Worms?
No. Obie’s Worms are so nutritious with such a natural balance, your pet won’t require supplementation — saving you from having to buy expensive dusting supplements. They’re the only feeder worm with an excellent calcium to phosphorus ratio.

How do I choose a size?
Obie’s Worms come in three convenient sizes. The small worms weighing 50 mg on average are best for hatchlings, small frogs, spiders and other small species. The medium worms weighing 100 mg on average are ideal for newts, medium frogs and toads, adolescent lizards, small chameleons, medium geckos, axolotls and young hedgehogs. Large worms weighing 175 mg on average are for bearded, frilled and water dragons, skinks, large chameleons, any larger lizard species and adult hedgehogs.

How many worms come in each package?
We offer small to large quantities by worm count — 50, 100, 250, and 1000 as a single purchase or by subscription. Reach out to us if you require a custom amount.

What are the worms packed in?
Our worms come packed in mixed wood sawdust or wheat bran.

Will Obie’s Worms be smelly?
No! They may have an earthy smell at first from being cooped up in their box for shipping, but that smell will dissipate. They’ll stay fresh at room temperature for 2–3 weeks, with NO chirping noises!

How do I care for and store my live insect feeders?
You can safely store Obie’s Worms at room temperature for up to 2 -3 weeks, or at 10–15 degrees C (50–60F) for longer periods. DO NOT store your worms in the freezer or refrigerator. Obie’s Worms wiggle but as long as you keep the lid sealed, you won’t have any escapees! Motionless worms may just need a little warming up — place them in your hand or under a heat source like a warm light bulb, and you’ll see them spring back into action.

How do I feed my pet Obie’s Worms?
Simply let a few loose in your pet’s tank! They’re wiggly and they taste great, and their quick movement will stimulate the appetites of even the finickiest eaters.

Some of my worms are different colours, should I be worried?
No, there is a natural variation in colour from light tan through to dark brown. Larger dark brown or black worms may move more slowly as they’re transferring into their pre-pupae stage. These darker worms eventually harden in to the pupae and later emerge as adult flies. The larvae life stage is when they’re at their most nutritious but don’t be afraid to feed the others to your pet.

Pricing & Subscriptions

Do you offer discounts?
We offer 10% off of our regular purchase price when you subscribe!

How do subscriptions work?
An Obie’s Worms subscription is a flexible recurring order option where your pet's feeders are shipped to you regularly at either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly increments. Edit or cancel your order at any time by creating an account at checkout.

How do I set up a subscription?
It’s easy! On the product checkout page, choose ‘Subscribe’, then select your quantity, sizing and shipping options. We’ll do the rest! For custom subscription options, contact us.

How much do I save when I sign up for a subscription?
You’ll save 10% on the product price! Shipping and handling is calculated separately for all purchases.

How much is shipping for a subscription order?
We strive to use the most economical shipping methods balancing the cost of shipping with getting Obie’s worms to your door in the quickest time possible.

How do I cancel or edit my subscription?
You can edit, change or cancel your order at any time by contacting us or by logging into your account at the checkout portal.

Shipping & Returns

How much is shipping?
We currently ship within Canada using Canada Post. All shipping rates are calculated automatically based on your location. We're sorry but we don't currently ship to the continental USA, please check back with us as this might change.

What is your shipping policy?
We guarantee live delivery of our products and we always ship a little extra. The shelf-life of Obie’s Worms is at least 2 weeks if stored as instructed. We do not accept returns by mail.

What carrier will ship my package?
We ship Canada Post across Canada. We do not currently ship to the continental U.S.A., but check back with us soon to see if our shipping policies to the states have changed.

How will you keep the live worms warm when shipping during winter months?
We do our best to ensure Obie’s Worms arrive safely to you. When we expect winter conditions, we’ll make sure your product is marked for pickup at your local post office, rather than left on your doorstep in the cold.

What if there’s a shipping delay?
Obie’s Worms can survive up to 2–3 weeks in room temperature and longer in cooler temperatures. Shipping delays should not present a problem, but they are largely out of our control.

Can I cancel my order once it has shipped?
No, unfortunately we’re unable to process changes or cancellations once an order has shipped.

What if my pet doesn’t like Obie’s Worms?
We feel very confident that your insectivore will love Obie’s Worms just like Obie does. As such, we only offer refunds on a case-by-case basis, and we do not offer refunds on shipping or pay return shipping fees. If you have any issues at all or if you’re unsatisfied in any way, please contact us within 1 week of receiving your order and we’ll do our best to help.

Can I buy Obie’s Worms locally?
For now, Obie's Worms can only be purchased online. As retail partners become available, we will display them on a store locator on this site. If you are in the Halifax area, you can contact info@obiesworms.com to arrange product pick up.

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Obie’s Worms does not share customer information with anyone for any reason.
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