can gerbils eat coconut

Can Gerbils Eat Coconut?

Coconuts are a large brown oval seed from tropical palms. They are made up of a hard wood husk and lined with edible white flesh. Within this shell is clear liquid.

They are eaten around the world as a snack or in many different culinary dishes.

So can gerbils eat coconut?

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

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, calcium, salt, and phosphorus content is most important as far as gerbils are concerned as they are their nutritional elements that most affect gerbils.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 354 kcal (1,480 kJ)
Carbohydrates
15.23 g
Sugars 6.23 g
Dietary fiber 9.0 g
Fat
33.49 g
Saturated 29.698 g
Monounsaturated 1.425 g
Polyunsaturated 0.366 g
Protein
3.33 g
Tryptophan 0.039 g
Threonine 0.121 g
Isoleucine 0.131 g
Leucine 0.247 g
Lysine 0.147 g
Methionine 0.062 g
Cystine 0.066 g
Phenylalanine 0.169 g
Tyrosine 0.103 g
Valine 0.202 g
Arginine 0.546 g
Histidine 0.077 g
Alanine 0.170 g
Aspartic acid 0.325 g
Glutamic acid 0.761 g
Glycine 0.158 g
Proline 0.138 g
Serine 0.172 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.066 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.020 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.540 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.300 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.054 mg
Folate (B9) (7%) 26 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.3 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.24 mg
Vitamin K (0%) 0.2 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 14 mg
Iron (19%) 2.43 mg
Magnesium (9%) 32 mg
Manganese (71%) 1.500 mg
Phosphorus (16%) 113 mg
Potassium (8%) 356 mg
Sodium (1%) 20 mg
Zinc (12%) 1.10 mg
Other constituents
Water 46.99 g

source wikipedia

As you can see coconut contains quite a lot of phosphorus a hint of salt, is quite acidic, and contains a lot of fat.

This means they are not the greatest food food for gerbils to eat, however they can eat them and will absolutely love them. However, as with all nuts, dont give them too much, coconut is high in fat and they will put on weight if they have too much of it.

The recommended amount is a few small pieces that they can hold in their paws, once or twice a week at the most. Anything more will harm them.