can gerbils eat lemons

Can Gerbils Eat Lemons?

Lemons are a citrus fruit and are a species of the small evergreen tree that is native to Asia, and is of the same name.

It has an ellipsoidal shape and is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. It is used primarily for its juice which has cleaning and culinary uses. Its rind or zest and its pulp are used in baking and cooking. Indeed, its juice is about 5% citric which gives it a sour taste to its flavor.

So can gerbils eat lemons at all?

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 121 kJ (29 kcal)
Carbohydrates
Sugars 2.5 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat
0.3 g
Protein
1.1 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.04 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.1 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.08 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Choline (1%) 5.1 mg
Vitamin C (64%) 53 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 26 mg
Iron (5%) 0.6 mg
Magnesium (2%) 8 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.03 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 16 mg
Potassium (3%) 138 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.06 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see lemons have a hint of phosphorus, calcium, and are quite acidic, and have quite a bit of sugar in them.

This means that gerbils aren’t able to eat lemons unfortunately. They are just too acidic for them to eat.

Indeed acidic fruits are generally not good for them to eat and will make them sick if they eat them. They just cant deal with their acidic content.

A food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.