Repashy Grubs 'N Fruit
Repashy's description of their Grubs 'N' Fruit diet:
Our new “Grubs ‘N’ Fruit” is an ultra-premium complete diet that is designed to be an alternative to our regular Crested Gecko MRP formula. It features 50% real dried fruit, and 30% insect protein powder. It can be used in rotation with, or be mixed with, our Crested Gecko MRP to provide a more varied diet. This new formula has shown to be particularly attractive to the more carnivorous gecko species such as Giant Geckos (R. leachianus) and Gargoyle Geckos (R. auriculatus). It also gets a great feeding response from juveniles of other gecko species that are more insectivorous as young, such as Crested Geckos (C. ciliatus).
We have long recognized the potential of using insect meal/protein powder as an ingredient, but to date, the only available commercial sources have been from China and other parts of Asia. Our quality standards at Repashy have forced us to reject these sources for fear of these insects being raised on agricultural/industrial waste and their potential to become vectors for the transmission of toxins to animals which they are fed to. Also, because of the high fat content of insect meals, they are prone to rancidity and require defatting to increase stability. The industrial way to do this typically uses chemical processes such as hexane extraction. To solve these problems, we have contracted to have insects grown for us right here in the USA, on a diet specified by us, and defatted using our own proprietary cold pressing process. This produces a stable “insect protein powder” that is approximately 60% protein and 10% fat.
The insects we have chosen to use are Hermetia illucens, or the Black Soldier Fly Larvae, which are marketed under several brand names such as Phoenix Worms, and Calci-Worms. Our history with this insect species goes to its root in the reptile hobby. Some ten years ago, Allen Repashy was actually responsible for the introduction of the original “Phoenix Worm” into the Reptile trade as a live food item through his collaborative efforts with Dr. Craig Sheppard. These larvae have proven to initiate a great feeding response and have a very high nutritional value when compared to other insects. They are quite high in Calcium, and our protein powder test results have shown that they are approximately 2% Calcium and 1% Phosphorous. A perfect balance!
With the introduction of these larvae into the hobby as a feeder insect, we immediately looked into the idea of using them as a source of insect meal, but at the time, production costs, and high demand for the more expensive live insects, prohibited this from becoming a reality. Recently though, with lots of research and development, the growing process has been refined to the point that developing a meal has become potentially economical. It is still a VERY expensive product when compared to other protein ingredients, but we feel that there are enough discerning customers out there now that are willing to purchase an ultra-premium product, that we could finally launch the formula.
Grubs ‘N’ Fruit will make a great addition to our line of Gecko Diets. It is not designed to replace our Crested Gecko MRP, but rather to compliment it. Certain species, or individual animals, may prefer it over the standard formula. Grubs ‘N’ Fruit adds variety to the available food options, and provides the most natural source available of proteins, fats, chitin, and other essential nutrients for insect loving species. This new formula marks the introduction of our Insect Protein Powder into the Repashy line. We are currently developing, and will soon introduce, several other food products that feature this novel ingredient.
How We Ship
We are dedicated to providing our customers with proven shipping techniques to ensure safe arrival of perishable supplies. We offer industry-leading guarantees and original packaging methods to ensure our clients and their pets are very well taken care of. We are a family owned business and we truly appreciate your support! You can count on us to help whenever we can, and to do the right thing when it comes to customer service.
This page was created to provide as much detail as we possibly can regarding what to expect when you order from us. If you have any questions about our policies below, don't hesitate to contact us!
Before ordering perishable goods such as plants, fruit flies, or isopods, please take a look at the temperatures here in Montreal as well as at your location. If temperatures on both ends are between 7C-29C we guarantee that all perishables will arrive safely and undamaged no matter the shipping method chosen. If an order arrives damaged we will replace or refund the affected items at no cost! If temperatures are above 29C or below 7C we do not offer this shipping guarantee unless you choose Xpresspost or Priority shipping**. Because shipping Xpresspost or Priority can be expensive, if your order has heavier items in it such as wood decor, substrate, drainage or fly media it might be more cost effective to ship the heavier items Regular Parcel and the perishables Xpresspost/Priority.
**If you are in a remote area of Canada and packages generally take longer to reach you, please contact us with your postal code before ordering so we can work out the best shipping method to ensure your package gets to you safely!**
Perishable Guarantee Details:
If you suspect perishables in your order may have been damaged in transit due to our packing please let us know as soon as possible! To receive a replacement or refund on an item, we require photgraphic proof over email or text within 12 hours of package delivery. Packages must have been received upon first delivery attempt to qualify for this guarantee.
Perishable Product Shipping Info:
Our plants are shipped individually wrapped and labeled. This makes shipping safer! We include free ice and heat packs when appropriate. During fair weather, perishables can be shipped along with heavy items using Regular Parcel service and our shipping guarantees will still apply.
Extreme Weather, Storms, and Service Interruptions:
During cases of extreme weather or situations where Canada Post has issued a transit delay warning, we may temporarily hold shipments and contact you to select a safer shipping window.
Canada Post Shipping
Here is an estimated arrival time based on Major-Urban, Non-Major Urban and Remote areas. If you think your location might delay your shipment and it contains perishables feel free to contact us with your postal code and we will make sure your order gets to you safely!
Live Animal Shipments
We guarantee the healthy arrival of every animal we ship when following these guidelines:
We breed a limited number of Crested Geckos and Dart Frogs, working with species and morphs we are personally passionate about. We bring these animals to local reptile expos and can ship via Reptile Express or Air Cargo within Canada.
- Live Animal shipments require signatures upon arrival
- They must be signed for upon the first delivery attempt
- Any claims of DoA (dead on arrival) or that the animal is not as expected must be made within 2 hours of receiving the shipment. Photos will be required.