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can gerbils eat butternut squash

Can Gerbils Eat Butternut Squash?

Butternut squash is a type of winter squash that has a sweet and nutty taste that is similar to that of a pumpkin. It has a yellow skin and orange fleshy pulp.

It is eaten around the world in many different culinary dishes.

Can gerbils eat butternut squash?

We take a look here and find out more.

In particular, the acidic, water, sugar, calcium, salt, fat, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

source wikipedia

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 188 kJ (45 kcal)
Carbohydrates
11.69 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(67%) 532 μg
(39%) 4226 μg
Thiamine (B1) (9%) 0.1 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%) 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.154 mg
Folate (B9) (7%) 27 μg
Vitamin C (25%) 21 mg
Vitamin E (10%) 1.44 mg
Minerals
Calcium (5%) 48 mg
Iron (5%) 0.7 mg
Magnesium (10%) 34 mg
Manganese (10%) 0.202 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 33 mg
Potassium (7%) 352 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.15 mg

As you can see butternut squash contains quite a little phosphorus, a lot of acidic content, and a hint of fat.

This means that it can be eaten but only very occasionally in one or two small pieces. It has too much acidic content in it to be eaten regularly. Avoid feeding them the skin and seeds though.

can gerbils eat brussel sprouts

Can Gerbils Eat Brussel Sprouts?

Brussel sprouts are a popular vegetable that is eaten in many different countries. It is eaten most popularly as an accompaniment vegetable to meat.

It is usually prepared by cutting the buds ooff the stalk and any surplus stem, stripping away any surface leaves. Once it is cut and cleaned it is typically cooked by roasting, grilling, stir frying, steaming or boiling.

So can gerbils eat brussel sprouts at all?

Let’s take a look here and find out more.

In particular, we are interested in its water, acidic, calcium, sugar, phosphorus, fat, and salt content as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 179 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates 8.95 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Dietary fibre 3.8 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 3.38 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(5%) 38 μg
(4%) 450 μg
1590 μg
Thiamine (B1) (12%) 0.139 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.09 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.745 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.309 mg
Vitamin B6 (17%) 0.219 mg
Folate (B9) (15%) 61 μg
Choline (4%) 19.1 mg
Vitamin C (102%) 85 mg
Vitamin E (6%) 0.88 mg
Vitamin K (169%) 177 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 42 mg
Iron (11%) 1.4 mg
Magnesium (6%) 23 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.337 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 69 mg
Potassium (8%) 389 mg
Sodium (2%) 25 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.42 mg
Other constituents
Water 86 g

source wikipedia

As you can see brussel sprouts contain a huge amount of water content, a lot of phosphorus and acidic content, a little calcium and sugar and a hint of fat.

This means that unfortunately, they can’t be eaten by gerbils. They contain far too much water and acidic content for gerbils to be able to handle and will make them sick.

A food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.

can gerbils eat lychees

Can Gerbils Eat Lychees?

Lychees are a popular fruit that come from China. They are eaten in many different ways and as a snack food all across the world.

Can gerbils eat lychees at all?

We take a look here and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, water, phosphorus, sugar, fat, calcium, sugar and salt content is of particular interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 276 kJ (66 kcal)
Carbohydrates
16.53 g
Sugars 15.23 g
Dietary fiber 1.3 g
Fat
0.44 g
Protein
0.83 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.011 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.065 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.603 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 14 μg
Vitamin C (86%) 71.5 mg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 5 mg
Iron (1%) 0.13 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (3%) 0.055 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 31 mg
Potassium (4%) 171 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, lychees contain a little phosphorus, a hint of calcium, they are quite acidic, and very sweet.

This means that they can eat it but only on an occasional basis due to the amount of sugar that they contain. Just one or two small pieces that they can hold in their paws will suffice for them. Nothing more than that due to the amount of sugar they contain.

can gerbils eat plums

Can Gerbils Eat Plums?

Plums are a popular fruit eaten around the world in many different countries, cultures and civilizations.

They have a taste that ranges from tart to sweet with a skin that is particularly tart.

It has a juiciness and can be eaten fresh or put to use in other culinary situations such as in jams or other recipes.

So can gerbils eat plums?

We take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, water, fat, calcium, sugar, salt,  and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 192 kJ (46 kcal)
Carbohydrates
11.42 g
Sugars 9.92 g
Dietary fiber 1.4 g
Fat
0.28 g
Protein
0.7 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(2%) 17 μg
(2%) 190 μg
73 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.028 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.026 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.417 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.135 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.029 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 5 μg
Vitamin C (11%) 9.5 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.26 mg
Vitamin K (6%) 6.4 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron (1%) 0.17 mg
Magnesium (2%) 7 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.052 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 16 mg
Potassium (3%) 157 mg
Sodium (0%) 0 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.1 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 2 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see plums contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium, a little acidic content, a hint of fat, but a lot of sugar content.

This means that they can eat them but only very occasionally, one or two pieces at a time. They are not the best food for them to eat though due to the amount of sugar they contain.

can gerbils eat lemons

Can Gerbils Eat Lemons?

Lemons are a citrus fruit and are a species of the small evergreen tree that is native to Asia, and is of the same name.

It has an ellipsoidal shape and is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. It is used primarily for its juice which has cleaning and culinary uses. Its rind or zest and its pulp are used in baking and cooking. Indeed, its juice is about 5% citric which gives it a sour taste to its flavor.

So can gerbils eat lemons at all?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular we are interested in their water, acidic, fat, calcium, sugar, salt, and phosphorus content as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 121 kJ (29 kcal)
Carbohydrates
Sugars 2.5 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat
0.3 g
Protein
1.1 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.04 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.1 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.08 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Choline (1%) 5.1 mg
Vitamin C (64%) 53 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 26 mg
Iron (5%) 0.6 mg
Magnesium (2%) 8 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.03 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 16 mg
Potassium (3%) 138 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.06 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see lemons have a hint of phosphorus, calcium, and are quite acidic, and have quite a bit of sugar in them.

This means that gerbils aren’t able to eat lemons unfortunately. They are just too acidic for them to eat.

Indeed acidic fruits are generally not good for them to eat and will make them sick if they eat them. They just cant deal with their acidic content.

A food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.

can gerbils eat limes

Can Gerbils Eat Limes?

The lime is a hybrid citrus fruit, which is usually round, lime green in color and measures 3–6 centimetres in diameter. It contains acidic juice vesicles and there are several species of citrus trees whose fruits are called limes, including the Key lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Persian lime, kaffir lime, and desert lime.

So can gerbils eat limes at all?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular their acidic, water, fat, calcium, sugar, salt, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 126 kJ (30 kcal)
Carbohydrates
10.5 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat
0.2 g
Protein
0.7 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.217 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.046 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 8 μg
Vitamin C (35%) 29.1 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 33 mg
Iron (5%) 0.6 mg
Magnesium (2%) 6 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 18 mg
Potassium (2%) 102 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see limes contain a little phosphorus, calcium, and as expected quite acidic but not as sweet as you might think.

This means that they are not the best food for gerbils to eat. They do not do well with citrus fruits and they will make them sick.

So unfortunately, limes are a food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned. There are much better foods for them to eat.

can gerbils eat citrus

Can Gerbils Eat Clementines?

Clementines are a popular citrus fruit that are eaten most popularly as a snack and as a fruit.

So can gerbils eat clementines at all?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular, we are interested in their water, acidic, calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and salt content as far as gerbils are concerned as those nutrients affect gerbils the most.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 198 kJ (47 kcal)
Carbohydrates
12.02 g
Sugars 9.18 g
Dietary fiber 1.7 g
Fat
0.15 g
Protein
0.85 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.086 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.030 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.636 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.151 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.075 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 24 μg
Choline (3%) 14 mg
Vitamin C (59%) 48.8 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.20 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 30 mg
Iron (1%) 0.14 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.023 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 21 mg
Potassium (4%) 177 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.06 mg
Other constituents
Water 86.58 g

source wikipedia

As you can see clementines contain a hint of phosphorus and calcium, quite a bit of acidic content, a lot of sugar but most importantly a huge amount of water content.

This means that they are not a good food for gerbils to eat. They cant handle foods with large amounts of water very well as their bodies cannot deal with the water like ours can. It will give them diarrhea if they eat it.

This makes clementines a food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.

If they happen to nibble a segment then they will be fine, but it isn’t a food that should be purposely be fed to them.

flat-tailed gerbil facts

50 Flat-Tailed Gerbil Facts

Here are 50 flat-tailed gerbil facts to help you discover more about them. Flat-tailed gerbils are a new species of gerbil on the pet market but are found in various countries around the world.

50 flat-tailed gerbil facts

  1. Their scientific name is Pachyuromys duprasi.
  2. They belong to the rodent order and the subfamily Gerbillinae.
  3. Of all the species of gerbil, they are know for being the most docile.
  4. They are also called the duprasi gerbil,  fat-tailed jird, fat-tailed rat, or beer mat gerbil
  5. They have fur which is thick, soft and fluffy
  6. They have a body length of around 10cm and their tail measures around 5cm.
  7. They weigh about 40 grams
  8. They have hair at the back at their head which is colored yellow. It has a base that is dark grey and is tipped with black.
  9. Their belly is white colored
  10. They do not have a neck as such.
  11. They have short legs compared to other types of gerbil.
  12. The reason their tail is so fat is that they store fat and water in it.
  13. Fat-tailed gerbils normally live between five and eight years when they are kept as pets.
  14. In the wild they usually live between two and four years.
  15. Their natural habitat is the Northern Sahara desert in Northern Africa between the countries of Egypt, Tunisia, Lybia and Algeria.
  16. They live in rocky deserts, sparsely vegetated sand sheets.
  17. They build their homes by digging burrows which measure about one meter deep. They look for soil that is hard and sandy to do this.
  18. This means that when they are kept as pets, they always need a thick layer of bedding so that they can dig tunnels and burrows in their home.
  19. They also reside in abandoned burrows which have been dug by other species.
  20. They were first discovered by french zoologist Fenand Lataste in 1880 in Laghouat in Algeria. He described the details in detail in the periodical Le naturaliste.
  21. They reach sexual maturity at two months old.
  22. They will reproduce throughout the year and not just in a particular season.
  23. The gestation period of a flat-tailed gerbil is nineteen days.
  24. When they are born a litter of flat-tailed gerbils will number between three and six young pups.
  25. Young flat-tailed gerbils take between three and four weeks to be fully weened.
  26. When they are pregnant or they are nursing thier young pups, female flat-tailed gerbils are known for being very aggressive to the point where they will even kill the male father if they are housed in the same location. This is why they need to be separated once they have mated.
  27. They have an unusual mating ritual which consists of the male and female standing on their hind legs, wrestling and making squeaking noises. If the male does not give up and will breed with the female once she lets him.
  28. They are insectivores which means that they enjoy eating insects as their natural food source. However, they will eat plants as a secondary food source.
  29. They particularly enjoy insects such as mealworms, moths and crickets.
  30. They do not deal well with foods that have a high water content as they are just not used to eating them in the wild saharan deserts. This means that if they have food that has too much water content such as some fruit and vegetables, then they could get diarrhea.
  31. They do not drink much water as again, they are just not used to doing this in their natural environment and so draw moisture out of the foods that they eat to sustain their bodies.
  32. Like other rodents, the teeth of the flat-tailed gerbil are constantly growing. This means that they must always find items to chew on so as to grind their teeth on and keep them from growing to long.
  33. Pet Flat-tailed gerbils are best kept in aquarium tanks that should measure around 60cm by 40cm for a capacity of between two and four gerbils.
  34. Instead of water baths to keep themselves clean, fat-tailed gerbils are rigorous self-cleaners and will clean themselves with their tongue, paws and teeth.
  35. They also enjoy taking sand baths to rid themselves of grease from their fur.
  36. They are not as curious as Mongolian gerbils and tend to be more relaxed creatures.
  37. They have lots of energy and need to exercise a lot. This is why they need an exercise wheel in their home.
  38. They have scent glands on their stomach’s which they use to rub up against objects to mark their territory. They do this to leave their scent in locations they wish to mark as their own.
  39. The scent markings of a gerbil are not discernible to a human, but are smelt strongly by another fat-tailed gerbil.
  40. A male and female flat-tailed gerbil can be identified by the distance between the urinary and anal openings. Males have their scrotum at the base of their tail which will appear as a large bulge, this will obviously not appear on a female.
  41. A female will have bald spots appear on her belly from around two weeks which will be her nipples.
  42. Fat-tailed gerbils are new types of pet gerbil and not available in a lot of countries. They are not as common as Mongolian gerbils and are quite rare. However, this does make them only the second type of gerbil to be popularly used as a pet.
  43. You can tell that a fat-tailed gerbil is healthy as they will have bright eyes, a coat that is soft and is very lively.
  44. Fat-tailed gerbils do not like draughty conditions or places that have a lot of damp and moisture.
  45. Because of the prominence of the tail, it is vulnerable to attack from other flat-tailed gerbils and predators.
  46. If a flat-tailed gerbil catches a cold, this can be fatal for them. They do not deal with them well.
  47. They are diurnal creatures but have a sleep cycle that is made up of short patches of sleep interspersed by short patches of activity.
  48. They have been known to sleep on their backs with their feet pointing upwards.
  49. They are most active during dusk
  50. There have been reported cases of cannibalism where a mother will eat her young pups. This can be because of a number of reasons but it is mainly due to stress or trying to cull her litter to a more manageable number.

 

Sources

Iucnredlist

National Gerbil Society

Animal Diversity Web

Pachyuromys wikipedia