can gerbils eat strawberries

Can Gerbils Eat Strawberries?

They are otherwise known as garden strawberries, and are a fruit that has a very characteristic color, aroma and texture.

Strawberries are eaten in many countries around the world, renown for their versatility, flavor and taste. They are used in many culinary dishes because of this particularly desserts.

So can gerbils eat strawberries?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 136 kJ (33 kcal)
Carbohydrates
7.68 g
Sugars 4.89 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat
0.3 g
Protein
0.67 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.024 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.022 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.386 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.125 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.047 mg
Folate (B9) (6%) 24 μg
Choline (1%) 5.7 mg
Vitamin C (71%) 58.8 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.29 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.2 μg
Minerals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (3%) 0.41 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (18%) 0.386 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 24 mg
Potassium (3%) 153 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.14 mg
Other constituents
Water 90.95 g
Fluoride 4.4 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see strawberries contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium, quite a bit of acidic content and sugar.

This means that they can eat strawberries, but only in small amounts on an occasional basis. This is because they are quite acidic and sweet and so gerbils cannot handle too many of them. In fact just one strawberry which is cut up for them will suffice. Make the pieces just large enough to hold in their paws.

Never feed them wild strawberries as they may contain parasites.