The watermelon is the fruit of a vine from southern Africa. It is loosely considered a type of melon and has a smooth exterior rind and a juicy, sweet flesh which is usually red.
It is botanically a fruit and is the ripened ovary of a seed plant and its contents.
It is usually eaten because of its sweet flavour and its ability to refresh. It is also enjoyed as a sweet enhancer or an accompaniment to meals. It is often cut into bite-sized squares or are balled.
So can chinchillas eat watermelon?
Let’s take a look by checking out their nutritional data. In particular their acidic, fat, sugar, phosphorus, and calcium content is of paricular interest.
Amount Per 100 grams
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 112 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 8 g 2%
Dietary fiber 0.4 g 1%
Sugar 6 g
Protein 0.6 g 1%
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 13%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Watermelon is quite sweet but as the name suggest it is full of water content. This unfortunately gives the chinchilla diarrhea if eaten so is best avoided as a food.
They are unable to eat any kind of water based food.
This also means that they cant eat the watermelon rind as well.
So do avoid giving your chinchilla watermelon.
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Monkey nuts are another name for peanuts and are also known as earthnuts, ground nuts, goober peas, pygmy nuts and pig nuts.
They are eaten all around the world in various forms, guises and flavours.
So can chinchillas eat monkey nuts at all?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular we interested in their acidic, phosphorus, sugar, fat and calcium data.
Carbohydrates 21 g
– Sugars 0.0 g
– Dietary fiber 9 g
Fat 48 g
– saturated 7 g
– monounsaturated 24 g
– polyunsaturated 16 g
Protein 25 g
– Tryptophan 0.2445 g
– Threonine 0.859 g
– Isoleucine 0.882 g
– Leucine 1.627 g
– Lysine 0.901 g
– Methionine 0.308 g
– Cystine 0.322 g
– Phenylalanine 1.300 g
– Tyrosine 1.020 g
– Valine 1.052 g
– Arginine 3.001 g
– Histidine 0.634 g
– Alanine 0.997 g
– Aspartic acid 3.060 g
– Glutamic acid 5.243 g
– Glycine 1.512 g
– Proline 1.107 g
– Serine 1.236 g
Water 4.26 g
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.6 mg (52%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 12.9 mg (86%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 1.8 mg (36%)
Vitamin B6 0.3 mg (23%)
Folate (vit. B9) 246 μg (62%)
Vitamin C 0.0 mg (0%)
Calcium 62 mg (6%)
Iron 2 mg (15%)
Magnesium 184 mg (52%)
Phosphorus 336 mg (48%)
Potassium 332 mg (7%)
Zinc 3.3 mg (35%)
As you can see monkey. Its contain a lot of fat and acidic content. This means that they are particularly bad for chinchillas and should be avoided when it comes to feeding them.
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Marshmallows are a sugar candy which is made up of sugar, whipped into a spongy consistency and moulded into small cylindrical pieces. It is then coated in corn starch.
They are well loved around the world and eaten in various forms, guises and flavours.
So can chinchillas eat marshmallows at all?
Unfortunately marshmallows are too sweet for chinchillas to eat and they just can’t handle them. They are a food to be avoided as far as they are concerned.
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There are many kinds of meat that you can get and it seems quite generalistic for one blog post to focus on the general term of meat. But it is a question that is often asked.
So can chinchillas eat meat at all?
Chinchillas are herbivores and so are unable to eat any kind of meat at all. So it is best avoided as a food for chinchillas. This includes any kind of meat whether hot or cold, fresh or processed
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Grapes are a renown fruit that are eat all around the world. They are beloved by many different cultures and civilisations and are enjoyed whether seeded or unseeded, whether they are green, red, black or purple.
So can chinchillas eat grapes at all?
Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more. In particular their acidic, water, sugar, phosphorus, fat and calcium content is of most interest.
Grapes, red or green
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 288 kJ (69 kcal)
Sugars 15.48 g
Dietary fiber 0.9 g
Fat 0.16 g
Protein 0.72 g
Thiamine (B1) (6%)0.069 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%)0.07 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%)0.188 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
Vitamin B6 (7%)0.086 mg
Folate (B9) (1%)2 μg
Choline (1%)5.6 mg
Vitamin C (4%)3.2 mg
Vitamin E (1%)0.19 mg
Vitamin K (14%)14.6 μg
Calcium (1%)10 mg
Iron (3%)0.36 mg
Magnesium (2%)7 mg
Manganese (3%)0.071 mg
Phosphorus (3%)20 mg
Potassium (4%)191 mg
Sodium (0%)2 mg
Zinc (1%)0.07 mg
Other constituents water 81%
As you can see, grapes contain a little phosphorus, a hint of calcium, quite a bit of acidic content, and a lot of sugar in them. But the biggest concern is that they contain a lot of water which is not good for chinchillas at all.
This means that chinchillas can’t eat grapes at all. They are not able to eat any kind of water based fruits. They are just too much for their stomachs and will give them diarrhea if they do eat them.
A fruit to be avoided whether they are seeded or unseeded.
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Nuts are fruits composed of a hard shell and a seed that is generally edible. Botanists also require that the shell does not open to release the seed.
Many nuts such as almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts and brazil nuts are not actually nuts at all in a botanical sense as common usage of the term often refers to any hard-walled, edible kernel as a nut.
However for this post we are focussing on nuts that have a culinary status as a nut
- Brazil nut
- Chilean hazelnut
- Malabar chestnut
- Pine nut
- Yeheb nut
So can chinchillas eat nuts at all?
Unfortunately they can’t.
They are notoriously too fatty and acidic for chinchillas to handle and should be avoided as a food for them.
If they do eat them they could become ill or much worse depending on how much of them is eaten.
So do steer clear of feeding them to them.
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Sugar cane is native to warm temperate climates in tropical regions of south asia and used for sugar production.
The y have stout fibrous stalks which are rich in sugar and measure between two to six metres tall. They belong to the grass family and are an economically important seed plant family that includes maize, wheat, rice and many other forage crops. The main product of sugar cane is sucrose and sugar cane is the world’s largest crop by production quantity.
So can chinchillas eat sugar cane?
Unfortunately they can’t eat it at all. It’s far too sweet for them and they juts can’t handle it.
A food to avoid feeding chinchillas.
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Honey roasted peanuts are a variation of the traditional peanut which have been coated in honey and then roasted further.
So can chinchillas eat honey roasted peanuts at all?
Unfortunately chinchillas cannot eat them. They are just too full of fat, acidic content and sugar for chinchillas to handle. They are a good to avoid giving to them.
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Honey nut cheerios is a best selling cereal in the Unites States and is a variation of the Cheerios breakfast cereal. It was introduced in 1979 by the General Mills cereal company.
So can chinchillas eat honey nut cheerios at all?
Unfortunately they can’t eat them at all. They are just too sweet for them and chinchillas just cannot handle the amount of sugar they contain.
A food to avoid.
Hazelnuts are the nut of the hazel and are eaten around the world as a snack and as confectionery. It is used to make some pralines, in chocolate for some truffles and in hazelnut paste products.
So can chinchillas eat hazelnuts at all?
Let’s take a look here and find out more by checking out their nutritional data. In particular their acidic, sugar, fat, phosphorus and acidic data is of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100g
Energy 2,629 kJ (628 kcal)
Dietary fiber 11
Vitamin A equiv.
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 11 μg
Vitamin A 20 IU
Thiamine (B1) (56%) 0.643 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (9%) 0.113 mg
Niacin (B3) (12%) 1.8 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(18%) 0.918 mg
Vitamin B6 (43%) 0.563 mg
Folate (B9) (28%) 113 μg
Vitamin C (8%) 6.3 mg
Vitamin E (100%) 15.03 mg
Vitamin K (14%) 14.2 μg
Calcium (11%) 114 mg
Iron (36%) 4.7 mg
Magnesium (46%) 163 mg
Manganese (294%) 6.175 mg
Phosphorus (41%) 290 mg
Potassium (14%) 680 mg
Sodium (0%) 0 mg
Zinc (26%) 2.45 mg
As you can see hazelnuts are extremely acidic and have a lot of fat in them. This means that they are not so good for chinchillas at all and will harm them if they eat them.
It is better if they avoid them altogether as they will make them ill if they eat them and if they have too much of them, will do worse to them.
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