can chinchillas eat sesame seeds

Can Chinchillas Eat Sesame Seeds?

Sesame seeds are small seeds that differ in form and colour with the thousands of varieties now known. Typically, the seeds are about 3 to 4 millimeters long by 2 millimeters wide and 1 millimeter thick. The seeds are ovate, slightly flattened and somewhat thinner at the eye of the seed (hilum) than at the opposite end.

So can chinchillas eat sesame seeds?

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 565 kcal (2,360 kJ)
Carbohydrates
25.7 g
Sugars 0.48 g
Dietary fiber 14.0 g
Fat
48.00 g
Protein
16.96 g
Tryptophan 0.371 g
Threonine 0.704 g
Isoleucine 0.730 g
Leucine 1.299 g
Lysine 0.544 g
Methionine 0.560 g
Cystine 0.342 g
Phenylalanine 0.899 g
Tyrosine 0.710 g
Valine 0.947 g
Arginine 2.515 g
Histidine 0.499 g
Alanine 0.886 g
Aspartic acid 1.574 g
Glutamic acid 3.782 g
Glycine 1.162 g
Proline 0.774 g
Serine 0.925 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (70%) 0.8 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (21%) 0.25 mg
Niacin (B3) (31%) 4.6 mg
Folate (B9) (25%) 98 μg
Vitamin C (0%) 0.0 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (99%) 989 mg
Iron (114%) 14.8 mg
Magnesium (100%) 356 mg
Manganese (119%) 2.5 mg
Phosphorus (91%) 638 mg
Potassium (10%) 475 mg
Sodium (1%) 11 mg
Zinc (75%) 7.16 mg
Other constituents
Water 3.3 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, sesame seeds contain a lot of phosphorus, calcium, and fat. This means that chinchillas cannot eat sesame seeds at all. They are extremely bad for them and will harm if they are eaten.

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