can chinchillas eat sweet potatoes

Can Chinchillas Eat Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are an edible tuberous root that is long and tapered, with The plant is a herbaceous perennial vine, bearing alternate heart-shaped or palmately lobed leaves and medium-sized sympetalous flowers. The edible tuberous root is long and tapered, with a smooth skin whose color ranges between yellow, orange, red, brown, purple, and beige.

So can chinchillas eat sweet potatoes?

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 359 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates
20.1 g
Starch 12.7 g
Sugars 4.2 g
Dietary fiber 3 g
Fat
0.1 g
Protein
1.6 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(89%) 709 μg
(79%) 8509 μg
Thiamine (B1) (7%) 0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.061 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%) 0.557 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(16%) 0.8 mg
Vitamin B6 (16%) 0.209 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Vitamin C (3%) 2.4 mg
Vitamin E (2%) 0.26 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (3%) 30 mg
Iron (5%) 0.61 mg
Magnesium (7%) 25 mg
Manganese (12%) 0.258 mg
Phosphorus (7%) 47 mg
Potassium (7%) 337 mg
Sodium (4%) 55 mg
Zinc (3%)

source wikipedia

As you can see sweet potatoes are very acidic, and have a lot of phosphorus in them. This means that chinchillas cannot eat sweet potatoes unfortunately. They are just too bad for them and will make them ill if they do eat them. They are best avoided as far as chinchillas are concerned.

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