can chinchillas eat carrots

Can Chinchillas eat Carrots?

Carrots are a root vegetable that are orange in colour, but sometimes they come in red, white, yellow and purple varieties. They have a crisp texture when they are fresh and also have green leaves which can also be eaten.

They are used all across the world and in all kinds of different cultures in all kinds of cuisines, especially in the preparation of salads. However, they are also popular when they are cooked.

So can chinchillas eat carrots at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data, in particular their phosphorus, sugar, calcium, fat and acidic content which are especially pertinent as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Energy 173 kJ (41 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.6 g
Sugars 4.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat
0.24 g
Protein
0.93 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(104%) 835 μg
(77%) 8285 μg
256 μg
Thiamine (B1) (6%) 0.066 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.058 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 0.983 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.273 mg
Vitamin B6 (11%) 0.138 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (7%) 5.9 mg
Vitamin E (4%) 0.66 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (3%) 33 mg
Iron (2%) 0.3 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.143 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 35 mg
Potassium (7%) 320 mg
Sodium (5%) 69 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.24 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 3.2 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see carrots contain a hint of calcium, quite a bit of phosphorus, sugar and acidic content.

This means that chinchillas can eat carrots, but only in very small amounts once a week at the most. Anything more than that and they will get stomach problems.

They are a treat food and your chinchilla will love them, but they contain a lot of bad nutrients which will harm them if they have too much of them.

They can also eat the carrot tops, but again make sure that you do not feed too much of them as they only need a few a week at the most.

 

 

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