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Can Gerbils Eat Clementines?

Clementines are a popular citrus fruit that are eaten most popularly as a snack and as a fruit.

So can gerbils eat clementines at all?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular, we are interested in their water, acidic, calcium, sugar, fat, phosphorus, and salt content as far as gerbils are concerned as those nutrients affect gerbils the most.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 198 kJ (47 kcal)
Carbohydrates
12.02 g
Sugars 9.18 g
Dietary fiber 1.7 g
Fat
0.15 g
Protein
0.85 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.086 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.030 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.636 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.151 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.075 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 24 μg
Choline (3%) 14 mg
Vitamin C (59%) 48.8 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.20 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 30 mg
Iron (1%) 0.14 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.023 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 21 mg
Potassium (4%) 177 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.06 mg
Other constituents
Water 86.58 g

source wikipedia

As you can see clementines contain a hint of phosphorus and calcium, quite a bit of acidic content, a lot of sugar but most importantly a huge amount of water content.

This means that they are not a good food for gerbils to eat. They cant handle foods with large amounts of water very well as their bodies cannot deal with the water like ours can. It will give them diarrhea if they eat it.

This makes clementines a food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.

If they happen to nibble a segment then they will be fine, but it isn’t a food that should be purposely be fed to them.