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Can Gerbils Eat Tangerines?

Tangerines are a well known citrus fruit that are eaten around the world as a snack fruit.

They are orange-colored and are closely related, or possibly a type of mandarin orange.

They are smaller and less rounded than common oranges and their taste is considered less sour but they are stronger and sweeter than oranges. They have a peel that is bitter and very thin which makes them much easier to peel than oranges. They are also easier to split into segments.

So can gerbils eat tangerines at all?

We take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, we are interested in their acidic, water, sugar, fat, calcium, phosphorus, and salt content as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 223 kJ (53 kcal)
Carbohydrates
13.34 g
Sugars 10.58 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat
0.31 g
Protein
0.81 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(4%) 34 μg
(1%) 155 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.058 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.036 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.376 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.216 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.078 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Choline (2%) 10.2 mg
Vitamin C (32%) 26.7 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.2 mg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 37 mg
Iron (1%) 0.15 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.039 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 166 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg

source wikipedia

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

This means that tangerines are not great for gerbils to eat. They contain too much sugar content for gerbils. They will also get stomach pains from the acidic content.