can chinchillas eat chestnuts

Can Chinchillas Eat Chestnuts?

Chestnuts are the fruit of the chestnut tree and can be peeled or eaten raw. It is often roasted particularly in winter time.

So can chinchillas eat chestnuts at all?

Lets take a look here and find out more. In particular, their acidic content, sugar, fat, calcium, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 820 kJ (200 kcal)
Carbohydrates
44 g
Sugars 11 g
Fat
1.3 g
Protein
1.6 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. (0%) 1 μg
Thiamine (B1) (13%) 0.144 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (1%) 0.016 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.102 mg
Vitamin B6 (27%) 0.352 mg
Folate (B9) (15%) 58 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin C (48%) 40.2 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (2%) 19 mg
Iron (7%) 0.94 mg
Magnesium (8%) 30 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 38 mg
Potassium (10%) 484 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (5%) 0.49 mg
Other constituents
Water 60.21 g

source wikipedia

As you can see chestnuts contain a little phosphorus, a hint of calcium, a lot of acidic content, and sugar.

With that chinchillas cannot eat chestnuts at all. They just have too much acidic content and sugar for chinchillas to handle. They will be ill if they eat them as their tummies just cannot handle them. A food to avoid.

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