can chinchillas eat walnuts

Can Chinchillas Eat Walnuts?

Walnuts are well known nuts which are rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree commonly used for the meat after fully ripening.

They are eaten the world over and are prized as a snack and as an ingredient for culinary dishes and desserts.

So can chinchillas eat walnuts?

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 grams
Energy 2,738 kJ (654 kcal)
Carbohydrates
13.71
Starch 0.06
Sugars
lactose
2.61
0
Dietary fiber 6.7
Fat
65.21
Saturated 6.126
Monounsaturated 8.933
Polyunsaturated 47.174
Protein
15.23
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 12 μg
9 μg
Vitamin A 20 IU
Thiamine (B1) (30%) 0.341 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.15 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.125 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(11%) 0.570 mg
Vitamin B6 (41%) 0.537 mg
Folate (B9) (25%) 98 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin C (2%) 1.3 mg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 μg
Vitamin D (0%) 0 IU
Vitamin E (5%) 0.7 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 2.7 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (10%) 98 mg
Iron (22%) 2.91 mg
Magnesium (45%) 158 mg
Manganese (163%) 3.414 mg
Phosphorus (49%) 346 mg
Potassium (9%) 441 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (33%) 3.09 mg
Other constituents
Water 4.07
Alcohol (ethanol)
0
Caffeine 0

source wikipedia

As you can see walnuts are very high in fat and acidic content. This makes them particularly bad for chinchillas to eat, which means that they should be avoided as a food for them.

They are just too much for their stomach’s.

Image “Juglans regia Echte Walnussfrucht 2” by Böhringer Friedrich – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons