can chinchillas eat watermelon

Can Chinchillas eat Watermelon?

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
Calories 30
% 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%
Calcium 0%
Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 2%

source google

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.

Image "Watermelon seedless" by Scott Ehardt - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons