can gerbils eat carrots

Can Gerbils Eat Carrots?

Carrots are a tapering orange-colored root vegetable. They have a crisp texture when they are fresh and are well loved around the world. They are eaten in many different culinary dishes around the world in different civilizations and cultures in various forms. They can be eaten raw or cooked, either steamed, fried, stewed or sauteed.

So can gerbils eat carrots at all?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional content and see what they contain.

In particular, we are interested in their acidic, water, sugar, salt, fat, calcium and phosphorus content as they affect gerbils the most.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 173 kJ (41 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.6 g
Sugars 4.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat
0.24 g
Protein
0.93 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(104%) 835 μg
(77%) 8285 μg
256 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.066 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.058 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 0.983 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.273 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.138 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (7%) 5.9 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.66 mg
Vitamin K (13%) 13.2 μg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 33 mg
Iron (2%) 0.3 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.143 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 35 mg
Potassium (7%) 320 mg
Sodium (5%) 69 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.24 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 3.2 µg

Source wikipedia

As you can see carrots contain quite a bit of phosphorus, salt, a little calcium, and quite a lot of acidic content and sugar.

This means that they can eat carrots but only in small amounts and in moderation. This is because they have quite a bit of sugar content and too much will hurt their stomach.

Make sure the pieces are only the size of their paws so they can best handle them.

The carrot tops are fine for them to eat as well, again just make sure they don’t have too much of them.