can gerbils eat snow peas

Can Gerbils Eat Snow Peas?

Snow peas are a legume that is a type of pea that is eaten whole in its pod while it is still unripe. It can also be called mangetout.

The stems and leaves of the immature plant are used as a vegetable in Chinese cooking, stir-fried with garlic and sometimes combined with crab or other shellfish.

So can gerbils eat snow peas at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100g
Energy 176 kJ (42 kcal)
Carbohydrates
7.55
Sugars 4.00
Dietary fiber 2.6
Fat
0.2
Protein
2.8
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(6%) 630 μg
740 μg
Vitamin A 1087 IU
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.150 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
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Choline (4%) 17.4 mg
Vitamin C (72%) 60 mg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 μg
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

source wikipedia

As you can see, snow peas contain a lot of water and acidic content, quite a bit of phosphorus, a little sugar, and a hint of salt and fat.

This means that unfortunately gerbils cannot eat snow peas at all. They are too high in water and acidic content for gerbils and they will make sick if not give them diarrhea.

They just don’t have the capacity to handle foods that have this much water and acidic content in them. If they happen to nibble one, they should be fine providing it isn’t too much.

But they are definitely a food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.