Can Gerbils Eat Watercress?

Watercress is an aquatic or semi-aquatic plant that grows rapidly and is native to Europe and Asia. It is one of the oldest known leaf vegetables that is eaten by humans. It is botanically related to wasabi, radish, mustard and garden cress.

Its hollow stems are floating and its leavges are pinnately compound. It has small, white and green flowers that are produced in clusters and are frequented often by insects such as hoverflies and Eristalis flies.

It is often sold in grocery stores around the world and is eaten as a part of many different culinary dishes in many different ways. It is most notably used in salads, as a garnish or in sandwiches as a filling.

So can gerbils eat watercress at all?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 46 kJ (11 kcal)
Carbohydrates
1.29 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Fat 0.1 g
Protein 2.3 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(20%) 160 μg
(18%) 1914 μg
5767 μg
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (10%) 0.12 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.31 mg
Vitamin B6 (10%) 0.129 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 9 μg
Vitamin C (52%) 43 mg
Vitamin E (7%) 1 mg
Vitamin K (238%) 250 μg
Minerals
Calcium (12%) 120 mg
Iron (2%) 0.2 mg
Magnesium (6%) 21 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.244 mg
Phosphorus (9%) 60 mg
Potassium (7%) 330 mg
Sodium (3%) 41 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see, watercress contains quite a bit of phosphorus, a hint of sodium, sugar and fat, and a lot of acidic content.

This means that watercress can be eaten by gerbils very occasionally in small amounts. This is due to its acidic content which is not good for gerbils. So do be careful with how much you feed it, as they will eat as much as you give them. Also, make sure you wash the watercress first before feeding it to them.