can gerbils eat papaya

Can Gerbils Eat Papaya?

Papaya is also known as papaw or pawpaw and is a fruit that is native to the tropics of the Amercas.

They were first cultivated in Mexico and are a large tree, like plant that has a single stem that grows from 5 to 10 m (16 to 33 ft) tall, with spirally arranged leaves confined to the top of the trunk.

Papaya is a type of berry. It is ripe when it feels soft (as soft as a ripe avocado or a bit softer) and its skin has attained an amber to orange hue.

So can gerbils eat papaya?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 179 kJ (43 kcal)
Carbohydrates
10.82 g
Sugars 7.82 g
Dietary fiber 1.7 g
Fat
0.26 g
Protein
0.47 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(6%) 47 μg
(3%) 274 μg
89 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.023 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.027 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.357 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.191 mg
Folate (B9) (10%) 38 μg
Vitamin C (75%) 62 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.3 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.6 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 20 mg
Iron (2%) 0.25 mg
Magnesium (6%) 21 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.04 mg
Phosphorus (1%) 10 mg
Potassium (4%) 182 mg
Sodium (1%) 8 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.08 mg
Other constituents
Lycopene 1828 µg

source wikipedia

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

This means that gerbils can eat papaya, but only in small pieces on an occasional basis. This is because of they are quite sweet and acidic and so gerbils cannot eat them on a regular basis.