I need help .. Formally dehydrated and starving


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He was given to me with a fruit fly culture that smelled horrible and had green stuff at the bottom .. I threw it out and got a new one .. He was in bad shape eyes beginning to sink in .. I had a dropper and gave him water that way .. Called everywhere .. No where had live flies small worms or pinheads . i ordered some pinheads on amazon and had to feed him .. As this was an emergency .. I got the smallest crickets petco had . they tols me hw should be fine . he wont eat anything too big .. And i should keep an eye out .. Last night he wasnt eating not moving or opening his eyes .. Now he is better .. His color brightened and he ate 2 of the smallest crickets .. Will the crickets hurt him since theyre not pinheads ? Hes opening his eyes now and moving everywhere and looking around .. Is this a sign he is getting better ? .. The pinheads wont arrive til the 19th :\ so much for 2 day shipping



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The Wild One

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I got my cham really dehydrated with her eyes sunken in. I did some research and found out that horn worms are like bags of water. She loves eating them because they are easy to spot and don't move fast. Now she is back on her feet, I hope this helps!
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