can chinchillas eat potatoes

Can Chinchillas Eat Potatoes?

Potatoes are a starchy, tuber crop and are the world’s fourth-largest food crop. They are eaten all around the world in many forms and are beloved by many.

So can chinchillas eat potatoes?

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 321 kJ (77 kcal)
Carbohydrates
17.47 g
Starch 15.44 g
Dietary fiber 2.2 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
2 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.08 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.03 mg
Niacin (B3) (7%) 1.05 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(6%) 0.296 mg
Vitamin B6 (23%) 0.295 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Vitamin C (24%) 19.7 mg
Vitamin E (0%) 0.01 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 1.9 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 12 mg
Iron (6%) 0.78 mg
Magnesium (6%) 23 mg
Manganese (7%) 0.153 mg
Phosphorus (8%) 57 mg
Potassium (9%) 421 mg
Sodium (0%) 6 mg
Zinc (3%) 0.29 mg
Other constituents
Water 75 g

source wikipedia

As you can see potatoes contain quite a bit of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, but are quite acidic.

This means unfortunately that chinchillas cannot eat potatoes at all in any form, they are just not good for them to eat. This includes raw potato, cooked potato, or any kind of fries.

Image “Russet potato cultivar with sprouts” by ZooFari – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons