can chinchillas eat bananas

Can Chinchillas eat Bananas?

Bananas are known for being a popular tropical fruit around the world, and their name derives from the Arabic for finger which is ‘banan’.

You will find that there are different kinds of bananas like small sugar bananas, red bananas, but the banana you may be most familiar with is, is the cavendish banana which is long and yellow.

So can chinchillas eat bananas and if they can, how much can be eaten?

As per usual, lets look at their nutritional data in particular their phosphorus, acidic, sugar, and fat content which is most pertinent to chinchillas.

Energy 371 kJ (89 kcal)
Carbohydrates 22.84 g
Sugars 12.23 g
Dietary fiber 2.6 g
Fat 0.33 g
Protein 1.09 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (3%)0.031 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%)0.073 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%)0.665 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(7%)0.334 mg
Vitamin B6 (31%)0.4 mg
Folate (B9) (5%)20 μg
Choline (2%)9.8 mg
Vitamin C (10%)8.7 mg
Trace metals
Iron (2%)0.26 mg
Magnesium (8%)27 mg
Manganese (13%)0.27 mg
Phosphorus (3%)22 mg
Potassium (8%)358 mg
Sodium (0%)1 mg
Zinc (2%)0.15 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 2.2 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see bananas contain a large amount of phosphorus, are quite acidic and have a large amount of sugar. This makes them not good for chinchillas and will cause them stomach upsets because of their acidic and sugary nature if they have too much of them. If they have a little of them then they will be fine but they aren’t a fruit to be purposely given to them.

Can chinchillas eat banana peels?

Again, they are not the best foods for chinchillas and just like bananas, they are best avoided for feeding directly to chinchillas. There are much better foods for them to eat.