can gerbils eat basil

Can Gerbils Eat Basil?

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.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 94 kJ (22 kcal)
2.65 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
0.64 g
3.15 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(33%) 264 μg
(29%) 3142 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.034 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.076 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.902 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.209 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.155 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 68 μg
Choline (2%) 11.4 mg
Vitamin C (22%) 18.0 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.80 mg
Vitamin K (395%) 414.8 μg
Calcium (18%) 177 mg
Iron (24%) 3.17 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (55%) 1.148 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 56 mg
Potassium (6%) 295 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (9%) 0.81 mg
Other constituents
Water 92.06 g

source wikipedia

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.