We can offer to chameleons a diet which is much closer to the natural one than we do nowadays
The shameless recommendation of absolutely unnatural roaches is wrong
Chameleons do not eat roaches for millions of years, we do not need to feed with them, it is not necessary and argumantation that captivity is different than Nature is weak,
Is is so only if we decide to do so and not if we try the proper way
I have done hundreds of wild fecal analyses of chamelekns of many kinds
No single one contained roaches
Every single one contained flying insects
Just a week ago in Tamzania, I analyzed faeces of 8 chameleon species
tjis was the rough result
trying to outsmart what Mother Natire is doing millions of years is ignorant and wrong in my humblest opinion
Hmm not 1 roach?
Here is the table from a larger study.
Prey-associated head-size variation in an invasive lizard in the Hawaiian Islands
Interesting. That lists roaches...
Credit to @JacksJill for that, she posted it a few times throughout the ages, this one didn't have a link, so we would have to ask her if you want it.
Here is a good translation thanks to @kinyonga, so I dont have to type it all
"The list JacksJill provided...."translated"...I hope..
Diplopoda ...millipedes, etc
Hemiptera ...leafhoppers, cicadas, aphids, etc
Dermaptera ...earwigs, etc
Isopoda ...wood lice, etc
Hymenoptera ...bees, wasps, etc
Orthoptera ...grasshoppers, crickets, etc.
Collembola ...springtails, etc.
Neuroptera ...lacewings, etc.
Lepidoptera ...butterflies, moths
Blattodea...roaches, termites, etc.
As to the Mother nature Comment, sure. Mother Nature also evolved them eating those insects to live for 2-3 years tops. Chameleons are not living 7-10 years in the wild, as they do in captivity.
Humans would not live as long as we do, if it were not for the Modern Medicine, and knowledge of how to better take care of ourselves. Eating better, being a large part of that.
Sure there is some areas, that we should be trying to mimic nature. More natural humidity, more natural water, more natural lighting, more natural temperatures, and other areas where Captivity provides an advantage of a better way. A consistent supply of water, and food, better food, that is gut loaded better ect.