can gerbils eat tomatoes

Can Gerbils Eat Tomatoes?

Tomatoes are a favorite salad fruit that is eaten around the world in many different countries, cultures and civilizations.

They are enjoyed as a food in their own right as well as in salads and other culinary dishes.

They are typically red in color, and come in different shapes and sizes. They have a soft skin, with a fleshy center where their seeds are

So can gerbils eat tomatoes?

Let’s take a look here and find out more, by checking out their nutritional data.

In particular, we are interested in their water and acidic content, as well as their fat, sugar, calcium, and phosphorus content which are the nutritional elements that especially affect gerbils.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 74 kJ (18 kcal)
Carbohydrates
3.9 g
Sugars 2.6 g
Dietary fiber 1.2 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 0.9 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(5%) 42 μg
(4%) 449 μg
123 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.037 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.594 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.08 mg
Vitamin C (17%) 14 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.54 mg
Vitamin K (8%) 7.9 μg
Minerals
Magnesium (3%) 11 mg
Manganese (5%) 0.114 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (5%) 237 mg
Other constituents
Water 94.5 g
Lycopene 2573 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see tomatoes contain quite a bit of acidic content but most pertinently they contain a lot of water which is not good as far as gerbils are concerned.

This means that unfortunately they can’t eat tomatoes as they have far too much water for them to handle. Gerbils can only handle so much water in their foods as too much will give them diarrhea.

This makes them a food to avoid as far as gerbils are concerned.