Zucchini which is otherwise known as courgette or a marrow is a summer squash that can reach nearly a meter in length.
It is related to other squashes and pumpkins and can be light or dark green, or even deep yellow or orange in color.
It is used in many different culinary situations, and is often cooked fried, stir fried, baked, boiled, steamed or even eaten raw sometimes.
So can gerbils eat zucchini?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, we are interested in their water, acidic, phosphorus, sugar, salt, calcium and fat content which is of most interest as far as gerbils are concerned.
Total fat 0.3 g 0%
Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 8 mg 0%
Potassium 261 mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 3.1 g 1%
Dietary fiber 1 g 4%
Sugar 2.5 g
Protein 1.2 g 2%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 29%
Vitamin B-6 10% Vitamin B-12 0%
As you can see zucchini contains a hint of calcium, a little sugar and a hint of fat.
This means it is fine for gerbils to eat at regular intervals such as twice a week at the most in one or two small pieces at a time. But it is one of the better vegetables that you can feed a gerbil
Do take care with feeding them zucchini for the first time though. Feed them only small amounts to begin with as if they eat too much first time around they may end up getting sick and getting diarrhea.
Cut away the zucchini seeds as they can be toxic for gerbils to eat, however the skin is fine for them to eat.