can gerbils eat turnips

Can Gerbils Eat Turnips?

Turnips are a root vegetable that is commonly grown in temperate climates around the world, mainly for its white, bulbous taproot that is eaten in various ways, forms and using different methods.

So can gerbils eat turnips?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates
4.4 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Dietary fiber 3.5 g
Fat
0.2 g
Protein
1.1 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(48%) 381 μg
(42%) 4575 μg
8440 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.045 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.072 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.411 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.274 mg
Vitamin B6 (14%) 0.18 mg
Folate (B9) (30%) 118 μg
Vitamin C (33%) 27.4 mg
Vitamin E (13%) 1.88 mg
Vitamin K (350%) 368 μg
Minerals
Calcium (14%) 137 mg
Iron (6%) 0.8 mg
Magnesium (6%) 22 mg
Manganese (16%) 0.337 mg
Phosphorus (4%) 29 mg
Potassium (4%) 203 mg
Sodium (2%) 29 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, turnips contain a little phosphorus, a hint of salt, fat and sugar, plus a lot of calcium and acidic content.

This means it is not a good for gerbils to eat.

It is just too full of acidic and calcium content and will make them sick if they eat it.

A food to avoid feeding gerbils unfortunately.