Honeydew melon is a fruit that has an oval shape and is typically 15–22 cm (5.9–8.7 in) long. It generally ranges in weight from 1.8 to 3.6 kg.
It has skin that is green and yellow and has seeds in its center. It is often eaten for dessert and is sold in many grocery stores around the world.
So can gerbils eat honeydew melon at all?
Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, we are interested in its acidic, water, calcium, sugar, salt, phosphorus, and fat content as far as gerbils are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 150 kJ (36 kcal)
Sugars 8.12 g
Dietary fiber 0.8 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.038 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (1%) 0.012 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.418 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.155 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.088 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (22%) 18 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 2.9 μg
Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron (1%) 0.17 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.027 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 11 mg
Potassium (5%) 228 mg
Sodium (1%) 18 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.09 mg
As you can see, honeydew melon contains a hint of phosphorus, calcium, a little acidic content, a hint of fat and quite a bit of sugar.
This means that they can eat honeydew melon but it is recommended that only one or two small pieces at a time is fed to them on an occasional basis, due to their sugar content.
Beware of feeding them too much due how sweet honeydew melon is.
Just strip away the skin and the seeds as gerbils just can’t eat them.