can chinchillas eat red peppers

Can Chinchillas Eat Red Peppers?

Red peppers are otherwise known as red bell peppers and are often eaten as part as salads or cooked as part of many cuisine dishes around the world. They are a very popular vegetable and are grown throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia.

So can chinchillas eat red peppers?

Lets take a look at their sugar, calcium, phosphorus, fat, and acidic content as these are most pertinent as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 84 kJ (20 kcal)
4.64 g
Sugars 2.4 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
0.17 g
0.86 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(2%) 18 μg
(2%) 208 μg
341 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.028 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.48 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(2%) 0.099 mg
Vitamin B6 (17%) 0.224 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 10 μg
Vitamin C (97%) 80.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.37 mg
Vitamin K (7%) 7.4 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%) 10 mg
Iron (3%) 0.34 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (6%) 0.122 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 175 mg
Sodium (0%) 3 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.13 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 2 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see red peppers contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium, sugar, fat and a little acidic content. This means that chinchillas can eat red peppers, just chop up a few small pieces for them as this will more than suffice for them due to the acidic content. Do not feed them the stem of the seeds of the red pepper.

Image “Capsicum annuum 2008” by Matti Paavonen – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons