can gerbils eat cantaloupe

Can Gerbils Eat Cantaloupe?

Cantaloupe is also called cantelope, cantaloup, muskmelon, mushmelon, rockmelon, sweet melon, honeydew, persian melon or spanspek.

They range in weight from 0.5 to 5 kg and are a popular variety of melon in much of the world.

Cantaloupes range in weight from 0.5 to 5 kilograms (1.1 to 11.0 lb). Originally, cantaloupe referred only to the non-netted, orange-fleshed melons of Europe.[citation needed] However, in more recent US usage, it has come to mean any orange-fleshed melon (C. melo). Cantaloupe is the most popular variety of melon in the United States.[2]

So can gerbils eat cantaloupe?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 141 kJ (34 kcal)
Carbohydrates
8.16 g
Sugars 7.86 g
Dietary fiber 0.9 g
Fat
0.19 g
Protein
0.84 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(21%) 169 μg
(19%) 2020 μg
26 μg
Thiamine (B1) (4%) 0.041 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.019 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.734 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.105 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.072 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 21 μg
Choline (2%) 7.6 mg
Vitamin C (44%) 36.7 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.5 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 9 mg
Iron (2%) 0.21 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (20%) 0.41 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 15 mg
Potassium (6%) 267 mg
Sodium (1%) 16 mg
Zinc (2%)

source wikipedia

As you can see, cantaloupe contains a hint of phosphorus, salt, calcium, but it is quite sweet and very acidic.

This means it is not a good food for gerbils to eat and should be avoided.