can gerbils eat pistachios

Can Gerbils Eat Pistachios?

Pistachios are a member of the cashew family and are a big favorite as a snack food.

So can gerbils eat pistachios at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,351 kJ (562 kcal)
Carbohydrates
27.51 g
Sugars 7.66 g
Dietary fiber 10.3 g
Fat
45.39 g
Saturated 5.556 g
Monounsaturated 23.820 g
Polyunsaturated 13.744 g
Protein
20.27 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
1205 μg
Thiamine (B1) (76%) 0.87 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.160 mg
Niacin (B3) (9%) 1.300 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(10%) 0.52 mg
Vitamin B6 (131%) 1.700 mg
Folate (B9) (13%) 51 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin C (7%) 5.6 mg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin E (15%) 2.3 mg
Minerals
Calcium (11%) 105 mg
Iron (30%) 3.92 mg
Magnesium (34%) 121 mg
Manganese (57%) 1.2 mg
Phosphorus (70%) 490 mg
Potassium (22%) 1025 mg
Zinc (23%) 2.2 mg

source wikipedia

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

This means that they are not healthy for gerbils to eat.

One or two on a very occasional basis wont hurt them but they contain too much fat, phosphorus and acidic content to be fed to them regularly as they will make them ill.

They will eat as much as you give them though as they absolutely adore them, so do take care if you are feeding them to your gerbil.