can gerbils eat cucumber

Can Gerbils Eat Cucumber?

Cucumber is a long, green-skinned fruit that has watery flesh. It is very popular to have with salads or eaten pickled. It comes from the climbing plant of the gourd family which yields them.

They are native to the Chinese Himalayan region but are now cultivated widely around the world. However they are rarely found in the wild.

So can gerbils eat cucumber?

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

In particular, their fat, calcium, sugar and salt, as well as their water and acidic content is especially important as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 65 kJ (16 kcal)
Carbohydrates
3.63 g
Sugars 1.67
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat
0.11 g
Protein
0.65 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.027 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.033 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.098 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.259 mg
Vitamin B6 (3%) 0.04 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 7 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.8 mg
Vitamin K (16%) 16.4 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (2%) 0.28 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (4%) 0.079 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (3%) 147 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.2 mg
Other constituents
Water 95.23
Fluoride 1.3 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see cucumbers contain a little phosphorus and acidic content. But most importantly it contains a lot of water which is not good as far as gerbils are concerned.

This means that cucumber is not a good food for gerbils to eat, due to how much water it contains so it is not a recommended food for them. If they were to have a little of it, they should be fine but it isn’t a food that should be fed purposely to them.