can gerbils eat snap peas

Can Gerbils Eat Snap Peas?

Snap peas are pod fruits and are an edible podded pea that is similar to a garden r English pea. The pods of the edible-podded pea do not have a membrane and do not open when they are ripe. When they are mature, they grow to around 4-8cm in length and contain three to eight peas in each pod.

So can gerbils eat snap peas at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 176 kJ (42 kcal)
Carbohydrates
7.55 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
Fat
0.39 g
Saturated 0.0039 g
Monounsaturated 0.021 g
Polyunsaturated 0.089 g
Protein
2.8 g
Tryptophan 0.027 g
Threonine 0.099 g
Isoleucine 0.161 g
Leucine 0.228 g
Lysine 0.202 g
Methionine 0.011 g
Cystine 0.032 g
Phenylalanine 0.090 g
Tyrosine 0.099 g
Valine 0.273 g
Arginine 0.134 g
Histidine 0.017 g
Alanine 0.058 g
Aspartic acid 0.228 g
Glutamic acid 0.448 g
Glycine 0.072 g
Proline 0.063 g
Serine 0.125 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(7%) 54 μg
(6%) 630 μg
740 μg
Vitamin A 1087 IU
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.15 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (7%) 0.08 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(15%) 0.75 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.16 mg
Folate (B9) (11%) 42 μg
Choline (4%) 17.4 mg
Vitamin C (72%) 60 mg
Vitamin E (3%) 0.39 mg
Vitamin K (24%) 25 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 43 mg
Iron (16%) 2.08 mg
Magnesium (7%) 24 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.244 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 53 mg
Potassium (4%) 200 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.27 mg
Other constituents
Water 88.89 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, snap peas contain a lot of water and acidic content, a hint of sodium, and a little calcium.

This means they are not a great food for gerbils to eat unfortunately.

This means that they shouldn’t be fed to gerbils, although if they happen to nibble one then they should be fine.