can chinchillas eat parsnips

Can Chinchillas Eat Parsnips?

Parsnips are a root vegetable that are closely related to the carrot and to parsley. They have cream-coloured skin and flesh, and they can be left in the ground when mature as they become sweeter in flavour after winter frosts. In their first growing season they have a rosette of pinnate, mid-green leaves and if they are unharvested they produce a flowering stem that is topped by and umbel of small yellow flowers.

So can chinchillas eat Parsnips?

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 314 kJ (75 kcal)
Carbohydrates
18 g
Sugars 4.8
Dietary fiber 4.9 g
Fat
0.2 g
Protein
1.2 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.09 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (4%) 0.05 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.7 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(12%) 0.6 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.09 mg
Folate (B9) (17%) 67 μg
Vitamin C (20%) 17 mg
Vitamin E (10%) 1.49 mg
Vitamin K (21%) 22.5 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (4%) 36 mg
Iron (5%) 0.59 mg
Magnesium (8%) 29 mg
Manganese (27%) 0.56 mg
Phosphorus (10%) 71 mg
Potassium (8%) 375 mg
Sodium (1%) 10 mg
Zinc (6%) 0.59 mg
Other constituents
Water 79.53 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, parsnips have a hint of calcium, a lot of phosphorus, acidic content, and sugar.

This means that unfortunately, they cannot eat them at all. They will harm their delicate tummies if they do and so it is just not worth feeding parsnips to them.

They are a food to avoid as far as chinchillas are concerned.

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