Cherry tomatoes are round, small fruited tomatoes that are believed to be an intermediate genetic admixture between wild currant-type tomatoes and domestic garden tomatoes.
They range in size from the size of a golf ball to the size of the tip of a thumb.
Sometimes they are found in an oblong shape as well and are usually red, yellow, green or black in color.
So can gerbils eat cherry tomatoes?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, fat, calcium, sugar, phosphorus, and salt content is of most interest as far as gerbils are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 74 kJ (18 kcal)
Sugars 2.6 g
Dietary fiber 1.2 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(5%) 42 μg
(4%) 449 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
Magnesium (3%) 11 mg
Manganese (5%) 0.114 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (5%) 237 mg
Water 94.5 g
Lycopene 2573 µg
As you can see tomatoes have a huge amount of water content, a hint of phosphorus, are quite acidic, and have a little sugar and fat.
This means they are not the best food for gerbils to eat and are actually best avoided as far as gerbils are concerned because of the amount of water that they contain. Gerbils do not handle foods with lots of water in very well and they will give them diarrhea.