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)
11.69 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(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
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.