can chinchillas eat parsley

Can Chinchillas eat Parsley?

Parsley or garden parsley is native to the central Mediterranean region and is widely cultivated as a herb, spice and a vegetable. It grows as a biennial growing a rosette of tripinnate leaves 10–25 cm long with numerous 1–3 cm leaflets, and a taproot used as a food store over the winter.

It is often used in dishes from around the world and is used as a snack or a vegetable in many soups, stews, and casseroles.

So can chinchillas eat parsley at all?

Lets take a look at its nutritional data, in particular its calcium, sugar, phosphorus, fat, and acidic content are most pertinent to chinchillas.

Energy 151 kJ (36 kcal)
Carbohydrates
6.33 g
Sugars 0.85 g
Dietary fiber 3.3 g
Fat 0.79 g
Protein 2.97 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(53%) 421 μg
(47%) 5054 μg
5561 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.086 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (8%) 0.09 mg
Niacin (B3) (9%) 1.313 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(8%) 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.09 mg
Folate (B9) (38%) 152 μg
Vitamin C (160%) 133 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.75 mg
Vitamin K (1562%) 1640 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (14%) 138 mg
Iron (48%) 6.2 mg
Magnesium (14%) 50 mg
Manganese (8%) 0.16 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 58 mg
Potassium (12%) 554 mg
Sodium (4%) 56 mg
Zinc (11%)

source wikipedia

As you can see parsley contains a lot of phosphorus, calcium, and acidic content.

This means it is not great for chinchillas to eat. If they have a nibble at it, they will be fine but anything more than that will hurt their tummies.

 

 

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