can gerbils eat pomegranate

Can Gerbils Eat Pomegranate?

Pomegranate is a berry that is approximately 5-12cm in diameter that has a rounded shape and a skin that is thick and reddish in color. Within its skin are seeds that can vary between 200 and 1500 depending on its size. Each seed has a water-laden pulp – which is the edible sarcotesta that forms from the seed cota and ranges in color from purple or deep red to white and are embedded in a white, spongy, astringent membrane.

They are widely grown throughout the middle east and caucasus region, African, India, Asia and some parts of the Mediterranean.

So can Gerbils eat pomegranate?

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 particular interest as far as gerbils are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 346 kJ (83 kcal)
Carbohydrates
18.7 g
Sugars 13.67 g
Dietary fiber 4 g
Fat
1.17 g
Protein
1.67 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.067 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (4%) 0.053 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.293 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%) 0.377 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.075 mg
Folate (B9) (10%) 38 μg
Choline (2%) 7.6 mg
Vitamin C (12%) 10.2 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.6 mg
Vitamin K (16%) 16.4 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 10 mg
Iron (2%) 0.3 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.119 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 36 mg
Potassium (5%) 236 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (4%) 0.35 mg

Water 82%

source wikipedia and fruit pages

As you can see, pomegranates contain a hint of calcium, quite a bit of phosphorus and acidic content, plus a lot of sugar and a water.

This means that it is not a good for gerbils to eat because of its water and sugar content.

If they ate a few seeds, they would be fine, but do be careful about feeding pomegranate to them because they can’t take foods very well that have a high water content.