can gerbils eat peanuts

Can Gerbils Eat Peanuts?

Peanuts are a much loved snack foods that are eaten in many countries around the world. They can be found in many different varieties such as plain, salted, and roasted

So can gerbils eat peanuts?

Let’s take a look a 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 2,385 kJ (570 kcal)
Carbohydrates
21 g
Sugars 0.0 g
Dietary fiber 9 g
Fat
48 g
Saturated 7 g
Monounsaturated 24 g
Polyunsaturated 16 g
Protein
25 g
Tryptophan 0.2445 g
Threonine 0.859 g
Isoleucine 0.882 g
Leucine 1.627 g
Lysine 0.901 g
Methionine 0.308 g
Cystine 0.322 g
Phenylalanine 1.300 g
Tyrosine 1.020 g
Valine 1.052 g
Arginine 3.001 g
Histidine 0.634 g
Alanine 0.997 g
Aspartic acid 3.060 g
Glutamic acid 5.243 g
Glycine 1.512 g
Proline 1.107 g
Serine 1.236 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (52%) 0.6 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (25%) 0.3 mg
Niacin (B3) (86%) 12.9 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(36%) 1.8 mg
Vitamin B6 (23%) 0.3 mg
Folate (B9) (62%) 246 μg
Vitamin C (0%) 0.0 mg
Vitamin E (44%) 6.6 mg
Minerals
Calcium (6%) 62 mg
Iron (15%) 2 mg
Magnesium (52%) 184 mg
Manganese (95%) 2.0 mg
Phosphorus (48%) 336 mg
Potassium (7%) 332 mg
Zinc (35%) 3.3 mg
Other constituents
Water 4.26 g

source wikipedia

As you can see peanuts contain a little water, quite a bit of calcium, a lot of phosphorus, fat and acidic content

This means that they are not good for gerbils to eat as they just contain too much fat, phosphorus, fat and acids.

However, gerbils do love peanuts and one or two very occasionally would be okay for them. But any more than that is not recommended. Just make sure they are plain peanuts, and not salted or roasted in any way.

They will eat as many as you give them.