can gerbils eat melon

Can Gerbils Eat Melon?

Melon is a large round fruit of a plant of the gourd family. It is cultivated in many tropical countries today.

It has a sweet pulpy flesh, a semi hard rind and contains seeds in its centre.

It is eaten by many around the world either as a fruit snack or a dessert or entrée.

So can gerbils eat melon?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 150 kJ (36 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.09 g
Sugars 8.12 g
Dietary fiber 0.8 g
Fat
0.14 g
Protein
0.54 g
Vitamins
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
Minerals
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
Water (92%)

source wikipedia

As you can see melon’s contain a lot of water content, a hint of calcium, phosphorus, quite a bit of sugar, and a lot of acidic content.

Unfortunately they can’t as it has too much water and acidic content. It will give them diarrhea.

Gerbils cannot eat foods that have too much water as their bodies cannot deal with the fluid.

It is a food best avoided as far as they are concerned.