can gerbils eat blackberries

Can Gerbils Eat Blackberries?

Blackberries are a fruit that are picked from bramble bushes in many northern hemisphere countries.

Blackberries are often confused with raspberries but are distinguished from them by whether or not the torus stays with the fruit when picked. When a blackberry is picked, the torus stays with the fruit, whereas with a raspberry the torus remains on the plant.

So can gerbils eat blackberries?

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

In particular, we are interested in their acidic, water, phosphorus, calcium, sugar, and salt content as it is that which affects gerbils the most.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 180 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.61 g
Sugars 4.88 g
Dietary fiber 5.3 g
Fat
0.49 g
Protein
1.39 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A 214 IU
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.020 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.026 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.646 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.030 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 25 μg
Vitamin C (25%) 21.0 mg
Vitamin E (8%) 1.17 mg
Vitamin K (19%) 19.8 μg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 29 mg
Iron (5%) 0.62 mg
Magnesium (6%) 20 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 22 mg
Potassium (3%) 162 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.53 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see blackberries contain a little phosphorus, calcium, and sugar plus quite a bit of acidic content,

They can’t eat wild blackberries as there is a risk that they may be carrying parasites.

They can eat occasional store purchased blackberries but do bear in mind that they are quite high in sugar content so are not so good for them. Make sure they are only given one or two though and are washed thoroughly before feeding them.