can gerbils eat prunes

Can Gerbils Eat Prunes?

Prunes are a dried plum mostly European plums or round plums. Most dried prunes are free stone cultivars where the pit is easy to remove.

They are eaten often as a snack food in many different countries.

So can gerbils eat prunes at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,006 kJ (240 kcal)
Carbohydrates
63.88 g
Sugars 38.13 g
Dietary fiber 7.1 g
Fat
0.38 g
Protein
2.18 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(5%) 39 μg
(4%) 394 μg
148 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.051 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (16%) 0.186 mg
Niacin (B3) (13%) 1.882 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%) 0.422 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%) 0.205 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 4 μg
Choline (2%) 10.1 mg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.6 mg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.43 mg
Vitamin K (57%) 59.5 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 43 mg
Iron (7%) 0.93 mg
Magnesium (12%) 41 mg
Manganese (14%) 0.299 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 69 mg
Potassium (16%) 732 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.44 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 4 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see, prunes contain quite a lot of phosphorus and acidic content, a hint of salt and fat, a little calcium, but a lot of sugar.

This means that prunes are not a good food for gerbils to eat. They are very sweet and so are not a good food for them to eat.

The odd one won’t hurt them, but they shouldn’t be a regular or occasional food for gerbils.