They have spent ages adapting to their environment with the nutrients that were and were not available. We are taking on quite the challenge to replicate that balance artificially with different feeders and feeder food and supplements.
In the wild, they eat what they are supposed to eat.There's so many different powders and diets and nutrients we're suppose to keep up with for our beloved chameleons but how do they hold up undomesticated and in the wild?
people ask me the same thing when it comes to horses.
In the wild, ferral horses, alot of time do without all the nutrients we give them in captivity. They also most times live much shorter, harsher lives.
I would think this holds true for alot of chams in the wild. Even with the wide variety of feeders, I assume they arent getting the best nutrition, they just adapt, their lives are shorter, probably harsher as well. We all have spoken about parasites, and how "rough" wc chams are when they come in. Some of that is the shipping process though
Two very good points - nature is harsh, and the Chams in the wild will often be hungry (and most of the exercise I mentioned involves fighting for it's life or a mate). Chams in the wild live fast and die young, leaving loads of babies.......Dont forget the sun! Lots of nutrients comes from the sun.