The apricot part of the same family as the cherry, plum, nectarine, and peach and are a fragrant fruit that has a soft velvety skin that can vary from a deep orange colour to a pale yellow colour.
Inside the apricot is a large kernel that can easily fall out if the flesh ripens.
They are cultivated and grown in warm climates mostly in hot European countries and down in Chile and South Africa.
So can chinchillas eat apricots at all?
Lets take a look here and find out more, but checking out their nutritional data. In particular, we are interested in their phosphorus, sugar, and acidic content which is especially pertinent when looking for foods for chinchillas to eat.
Sugars 9 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 1.4 g
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene (12%) 96 μg
lutein zeaxanthin (10%) 1094 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.6 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (5%) 0.24 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.054 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 9 μg
Vitamin C (12%) 10 mg
Vitamin E (6%) 0.89 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 3.3 μg
Calcium (1%) 13 mg
Iron (3%) 0.4 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (4%) 0.077 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 23 mg
Potassium (6%) 259 mg
Sodium (0%) 1 mg
As you can see apricots contain a little phosphorus, but are very sweet and acidic and so are not great at all for chinchillas to eat.
There are much better foods for them to eat as their acidic nature is very bad for their stomachs and will make them ill if they have too much of them.
It is better to not even touch them and for chinchillas to steer clear of eating apricots.
This includes the kernel or the stone, and the apricot centre as well.