can gerbils eat corn

Can Gerbils Eat Corn?

Corn is another word for maize and is a large grain plant that produces ears. These ears contain grain which are seeds that are called kernels.

Corn is a staple food in many regions around the world. For example, it is central to Mexican food with pretty much every dish in Mexican cusine using it in some form.

So can gerbils eat corn?

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

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, calcium, phosphorus, fat and salt content is of most interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 360 kJ (86 kcal)
18.7 g
Starch 5.7 g
Sugars 6.26 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 1.35 g
Protein 3.27 g
Tryptophan 0.023 g
Threonine 0.129 g
Isoleucine 0.129 g
Leucine 0.348 g
Lysine 0.137 g
Methionine 0.067 g
Cystine 0.026 g
Phenylalanine 0.150 g
Tyrosine 0.123 g
Valine 0.185 g
Arginine 0.131 g
Histidine 0.089 g
Alanine 0.295 g
Aspartic acid 0.244 g
Glutamic acid 0.636 g
Glycine 0.127 g
Proline 0.292 g
Serine 0.153 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(1%) 9 μg
644 μg
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.155 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.055 mg
Niacin (B3) (12%) 1.77 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(14%) 0.717 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.093 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 42 μg
Vitamin C (8%) 6.8 mg
Iron (4%) 0.52 mg
Magnesium (10%) 37 mg
Manganese (8%) 0.163 mg
Phosphorus (13%) 89 mg
Potassium (6%) 270 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.46 mg
Other constituents
Water 75.96 g

source wikipedia

As you can see corn contains a lot of phosphorus, acidic content, sugar content and a lot of water.

This means that corn is not the best food for gerbils to eat. One or two kernels very occasionally would be fine for them but nothing more than that. Corn contains too much water, sugar and acidic content for it to be a staple food.

Take care with how much you feed them as they will eat as much you give them.