can gerbils eat limes

Can Gerbils Eat Limes?

The lime is a hybrid citrus fruit, which is usually round, lime green in color and measures 3–6 centimetres in diameter. It contains acidic juice vesicles and there are several species of citrus trees whose fruits are called limes, including the Key lime (Citrus aurantifolia), Persian lime, kaffir lime, and desert lime.

So can gerbils eat limes at all?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data 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 126 kJ (30 kcal)
Carbohydrates
10.5 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat
0.2 g
Protein
0.7 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.217 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.046 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 8 μg
Vitamin C (35%) 29.1 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 33 mg
Iron (5%) 0.6 mg
Magnesium (2%) 6 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 18 mg
Potassium (2%) 102 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see limes contain a little phosphorus, calcium, and as expected quite acidic but not as sweet as you might think.

This means that they are not the best food for gerbils to eat. They do not do well with citrus fruits and they will make them sick.

So unfortunately, limes are a food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned. There are much better foods for them to eat.