The watermelon is the fruit of a vine from southern Africa. It is loosely considered a type of melon and has a smooth exterior rind and a juicy, sweet flesh which is usually red.
It is botanically a fruit and is the ripened ovary of a seed plant and its contents.
It is usually eaten because of its sweet flavour and its ability to refresh. It is also enjoyed as a sweet enhancer or an accompaniment to meals. It is often cut into bite-sized squares or are balled.
So can chinchillas eat watermelon?
Let’s take a look by checking out their nutritional data. In particular their acidic, fat, sugar, phosphorus, and calcium content is of paricular interest.
Amount Per 100 grams
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 112 mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 8 g 2%
Dietary fiber 0.4 g 1%
Sugar 6 g
Protein 0.6 g 1%
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 13%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Watermelon is quite sweet but as the name suggest it is full of water content. This unfortunately gives the chinchilla diarrhea if eaten so is best avoided as a food.
They are unable to eat any kind of water based food.
This also means that they cant eat the watermelon rind as well.
So do avoid giving your chinchilla watermelon.