Basil is an aromatic annual herb of the mint family which is native to tropical Asia.
Its leaves are used as a culinary herb, especially in dishes from the Mediterranean. It is most commonly used fresh in cooked recipes and it is added at the last moment as cooking it quickly destroys the flavor of basil.
So can gerbils eat basil?
Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.
In particular we are interested in its water, acidic, phosphorus, calcium, sugar, salt and fat content as far as gerbils are concerned.
As you can see, basil contains a lot of calcium, acidic content, but it contains a huge amount of water content is not good for gerbils as they can’t cope with foods that have a large amount of water content.
This means that unfortunately it is not a good herb for them to eat because of this
If they have a nibble of it they will be fine but it isn’t a food to be fed to them purposely.