can gerbils eat lettuce

Can Gerbils Eat Lettuce?

Lettuce is a salad vegetable that is cultivated around the world in many different varieties and forms.

There are many different types of lettuce available. Here is a list the different types of lettuce.;

Leaf; which is also known as looseleaf, cutting or bunvhijh lettuce.

  • Romaine or Cos lettuce
  • Iceberg or crisphead lettuce
  • Butterhead lettuce. Also known as Boston or Bibb lettuce.
  • Woju lettuce
  • Summerhead lettuce. Also called Batavian or French Crisp.
  • Stem lettuce
  • Oilseed lettuce

So can gerbils eat lettuce?

Let’s take a look at the nutritional values of lettuce and find out more.

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 55 kJ (13 kcal)
Carbohydrates
2.23 g
Sugars 0.94
Dietary fiber 1.1 g
Fat
0.22 g
Protein
1.35 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(21%) 166 μg
(18%) 1987 μg
1223 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.062 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.15 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.082 mg
Folate (B9) (18%) 73 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.7 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.18 mg
Vitamin K (97%) 102.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 35 mg
Iron (10%) 1.24 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.179 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 33 mg
Potassium (5%) 238 mg
Sodium (0%) 5 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.2 mg
Other constituents
Water 95.63 g

Source wikipedia

As you can see lettuce contains a hint of sugar, fat and calcium, but is quite acidic and contains a huge amount of water content which is not good as far as gerbils are concerned.

This means that unfortunately they can’t eat lettuce at all. It is too full of water and will give them diarrhea if they eat it as they can’t handle the water that lettuce contains.

If they nibble on it, they should be fine but it isn’t a food that should be fed purposely to them. This includes all varieties of lettuce.