can gerbils eat pine nuts

Can Gerbils Eat Pine Nuts?

Pine nuts are the edible seed from pine trees. There are around 20 species of pine tree that produce these types of seeds which are large enough to be consumed.

They are often eaten as a snack food and can be found salted or roasted.

So can gerbils eat pine nuts?

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

In particular we are interested in their water, acidic, fat, sugar, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content as they affect gerbils the most.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,815 kJ (673 kcal)
13.1 g
Starch 1.4 g
Sugars 3.6 g
Dietary fiber 3.7 g
68.4 g
Saturated 4.9 g
Monounsaturated 18.7 g
Polyunsaturated 34.1 g
13.7 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 17 μg
Thiamine (B1) (35%) 0.4 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (17%) 0.2 mg
Niacin (B3) (29%) 4.4 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.3 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (9%) 34 μg
Choline (11%) 55.8 mg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.8 mg
Vitamin E (62%) 9.3 mg
Vitamin K (51%) 53.9 μg
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (42%) 5.5 mg
Magnesium (71%) 251 mg
Manganese (419%) 8.8 mg
Phosphorus (82%) 575 mg
Potassium (13%) 597 mg
Zinc (67%) 6.4 mg
Other constituents
Water 2.3 g

source wikipedia

As you can see pine nuts contain a lot of phosphorus, fat and acidic content. They also contain a little sugar.

This means that they are not the best food for gerbils to eat.

If they have to much food that is high in fat they will get sick as their bodies cannot process it like we can.

If they have one or two on a very occasional basis, they will be fine and gerbils will absolutely love them and eat any that you give them. So do take care with feeding them.