can chinchillas eat asparagus

Can Chinchillas eat Asparagus?

Asparagus is a refined vegetable that is expensive to purchase mainly because it is quite labour intensive to grow. It is grown beneath the soil and it is cut just as its tips emerge.

It has an intense flavour which is enjoyed by many throughout the world.

There are different colours of asparagus such as purple which is French asparagus, american asparagus is green, Spanish and Dutch is white.

So can Chinchillas eat asparagus and if they can how much of it can be eaten?

Lets take a look at its nutritional data, in particular its acidic, calcium, phosphorus, sugar and fat content is of particular interest.

Energy 85 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates 3.88 g
– Sugars 1.88 g
– Dietary fibre 2.1 g
Fat 0.12 g
Protein 2.2 g
Vitamin A equiv. 38 μg (5%)
– beta-carotene 449 μg (4%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 710 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.143 mg (12%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.141 mg (12%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.978 mg (7%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.274 mg (5%)
Vitamin B6 0.091 mg (7%)
Folate (vit. B9) 52 μg (13%)
Choline 16 mg (3%)
Vitamin C 5.6 mg (7%)
Vitamin E 1.1 mg (7%)
Vitamin K 41.6 μg (40%)
Calcium 24 mg (2%)
Iron 2.14 mg (16%)
Magnesium 14 mg (4%)
Manganese 0.158 mg (8%)
Phosphorus 52 mg (7%)
Potassium 202 mg (4%)
Sodium 2 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.54 mg (6%)
Oxelate 130 mg

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As you can see, asparagus contains quite a lot of phosphorus, a lot of acidic content, and a little sugar and fat content.

This means it is not good for chinchillas to eat. Its acidic content is just too much for them. If they do happen to have a little of it, they will be fine but it should not be fed to them intentionally.