can chinchillas eat basil

Can Chinchillas eat Basil?

Basil is often used in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine and has a sweet strong smell and flavour. There are three main types of basil which are sweet with large green leaves, Greek basil that has smaller leaves and a peppery taste, and purple basil that has dark leaves and a mild flavour.

There are also asian varieties such as lemon basil, thai basil and holy basil. It grows all year round and can be purchased from good grocery stores.

So can chinchillas eat basil at all and if they can how much of it can be eaten?

Lets take a look and find out more by checking out its nutritional data.

In particular, we are interested in its fat, sugar, acidic, calcium and phosphorus content.

Energy 94 kJ (22 kcal)
Carbohydrates 2.65 g
Dietary fiber 1.6 g
Fat 0.64 g
Protein 3.15 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene (33%) 264 μg
(29%) 3142 μg
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.034 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (6%) 0.076 mg
Niacin (B3) (6%) 0.902 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.209 mg
Vitamin B6 (12%) 0.155 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 68 μg
Choline (2%) 11.4 mg
Vitamin C (22%) 18.0 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.80 mg
Vitamin K (395%) 414.8 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (18%) 177 mg
Iron (24%) 3.17 mg
Magnesium (18%) 64 mg
Manganese (55%) 1.148 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 56 mg
Potassium (6%) 295 mg
Sodium (0%) 4 mg
Zinc (9%) 0.81 mg
Other constituents
Water 92.06 g

source wikipedia

As you can see basil contains a large amount of phosphorus, a very large amount of calcium, and is quite acidic.

This makes it particularly bad for chinchillas which is quite surprising as being a green herb, you would think it would be good for them to eat.

But its high calcium and phosphorus content makes is a bad food for chins to eat.

If they happen to eat a little of it, then they should be fine but anything more and they may become ill.