Bell peppers are also known as sweet peppers or peppers or capsicum.
They are fruits of the species capsicum annum and are available in different colours such as red, yellow, green, purple, chocolate/brown, vanilla/white
The ribs and seeds are edible however they do have a bitter taste.
Each type of bell pepper is a more or less mature version of the fruit.
So can chinchillas eat bell peppers ?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more about them.
In particular we are interested in their acidic, fat, sugar, calcium, and phosphorus content.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
Sugars 2.4 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin (2%)18 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%)0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%)0.028 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%)0.48 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (2%)0.099 mg
Vitamin B6 (17%)0.224 mg
Folate (B9) (3%)10 μg
Vitamin C (97%)80.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%)0.37 mg
Vitamin K (7%)7.4 μg
Trace metals Calcium (1%)10 mg
Iron (3%)0.34 mg
Magnesium (3%)10 mg
Manganese (6%)0.122 mg
Phosphorus (3%)20 mg
Potassium (4%)175 mg
Sodium (0%)3 mg
Zinc (1%)0.13 mg
As you can see bell peppers contain a little phosphorus, a hint of calcium, a little sugar and a little acid.
This means that bell peppers can be eaten by chinchillas and are good for them. They can make a good supplement to their diet of hay and pellets.
However they should only be fed in small amounts every other day because of their phosphorus, acidic, sugar and calcium content. They are a treat for them and your chinchilla will love them.
When you do feed it to them, make sure you strip away the core and the seeds and just feed the outside.
They can eat any of the colours whether they be red, purple, green, yellow, orange or pale. They are only the same vegetable at different stages of maturity.