can chinchillas eat pine nuts

Can Chinchillas Eat Pine Nuts?

Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pines. There are around 20 species of pines that produce seeds large enough to harvest. They are often eaten as a snack.

So can chinchillas eat pine nuts?

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,815 kJ (673 kcal)
Carbohydrates
13.1 g
Starch 1.4 g
Sugars 3.6 g
Dietary fiber 3.7 g
Fat
68.4 g
Saturated 4.9 g
Monounsaturated 18.7 g
Polyunsaturated 34.1 g
Protein
13.7 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 17 μg
Thiamine (B1) (35%) 0.4 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (17%) 0.2 mg
Niacin (B3) (29%) 4.4 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.3 mg
Vitamin B6 (8%) 0.1 mg
Folate (B9) (9%) 34 μg
Choline (11%) 55.8 mg
Vitamin C (1%) 0.8 mg
Vitamin E (62%) 9.3 mg
Vitamin K (51%) 53.9 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (2%) 16 mg
Iron (42%) 5.5 mg
Magnesium (71%) 251 mg
Manganese (419%) 8.8 mg
Phosphorus (82%) 575 mg
Potassium (13%) 597 mg
Zinc (67%) 6.4 mg
Other constituents
Water 2.3 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, pine nuts have a huge amount of phosphorus, acidic content and fat. This means that they are not good for chinchillas at all. They will make them sick if they are eaten and will hurt them.

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