Apricots are a juicy soft fruit that has an orange-yellow color. They look like soft peaches.
They are native to regions that have a continental climate with cold winters.
They are used in a variety of culinary situations and are much loved as a fruit and an ingredient.
They are eaten fresh or are often dried and eaten as a snack.
So can gerbils eat apricots at all?
Let’s take a look at the nutritional values of apricots. It is much better to look what the food contains so as to get insight as to whether it is good for gerbils to eat.
In particular, we are interested in its sugar, calcium, fat, phosphorus, acidic, and water content as far as gerbils are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 201 kJ (48 kcal)
Sugars 9 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(12%) 96 μg
(10%) 1094 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.24 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.054 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 9 μg
Vitamin C (12%) 10 mg
Vitamin E (6%) 0.89 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.3 μg
Calcium (1%) 13 mg
Iron (3%) 0.4 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (4%) 0.077 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 23 mg
Potassium (6%) 259 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.2 mg
As you can see apricots contain a hint of calcium, phosphorus and fat but are very acidic and quite sweet.
This means that gerbils can eat apricots, but only in small amounts infrequently. This is because of its acidic and sugar content, which means that they shouldn’t eat it daily.
They can be eaten in their dry state but not fresh. Make sure they are fed in moderation, so about twice a week. They should also be fed in small amounts that they can hold in their paws.
It is a good idea to wash it before hand and make sure the pit is stripped away as well.