can gerbils eat pecans

Can Gerbils Eat Pecans?

Pecan nuts are a hickory from the tree of the same name. They are native to the United states and Mexico and are a popular snack food which is often used as an ingredient in many culinary dishes.

So can gerbils eat pecans?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 grams
Energy 2,889 kJ (690 kcal)
Carbohydrates
13.86
Starch 0.46
Sugars 3.97
Dietary fiber 9.6
Fat
71.97
Saturated 6.18
Monounsaturated 40.801
Polyunsaturated 21.614
Protein
9.17
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 29 μg
17 μg
Vitamin A 56 IU
Thiamine (B1) (57%) 0.66 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (11%) 0.13 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.167 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(17%) 0.863 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%) 0.21 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 22 μg
Vitamin C (1%) 1.1 mg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin E (9%) 1.4 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.5 μg
Minerals
Calcium (7%) 70 mg
Iron (19%) 2.53 mg
Magnesium (34%) 121 mg
Manganese (214%) 4.5 mg
Phosphorus (40%) 277 mg
Potassium (9%) 410 mg
Sodium (0%) 0 mg
Zinc (48%) 4.53 mg
Other constituents
Water 3.52

Source wikipedia

As you can see, pecans contain a lot of phosphorus, acidic content and a lot of fat content.

Yes they can eat pecans in small amounts one or two at a time on an occasional basis. The amount of fat and acidic content they contain mean they are not good in large amounts for gerbils.

Their bodies are not designed to handle large amounts of fat content. If they eat too much fatty foods they will get sick.

So do take care how many pecans you feed them, as they will eat as much as you give them to eat.