can gerbils eat radish

Can Gerbils Eat Radish?

Radishes are a well known vegetable that is grown in many countries around the world and eaten in salads.

So can gerbils eat radish?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 66 kJ (16 kcal)
Carbohydrates
3.4 g
Sugars 1.86 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 0.68 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (1%) 0.012 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.039 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.254 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.165 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.071 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 25 μg
Vitamin C (18%) 14.8 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 25 mg
Iron (3%) 0.34 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (3%) 0.069 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (5%) 233 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.28 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 6 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see radishes contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium, and sugar plus quite a bit acidic content.

This means that they can eat radishes but only in small amounts on an occasional basis. This is because of their acidic content which not great for gerbils. Their bodies just dont have capacity to deal with acids like our bodies do and so can’t take too much.

This is why one radish is enough for them, cut into two so they can hold it in their paws without any issue.

They will rat as much as you give them so do take care with how much you all them to have.