Coconut is not actually a nut, it is a fibrous one-seeded drupe also known as a dry drupe. (source).
It is grown in sandy soils in areas of abundant sunlight and regular rainfall.
Coconut is sold in many countries around the world and is found in grocery stores and supermarkets.
It is renown for its taste and flavor which is used in many different products.
So can chinchillas eat coconut?
Let’s take a look at its nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, its acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, calcium, and phosphorus content of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.
Calcium (1%) 14 mg
Iron (19%) 2.43 mg
Magnesium (9%) 32 mg
Manganese (71%) 1.500 mg
Phosphorus (16%) 113 mg
Potassium (8%) 356 mg
Sodium (1%) 20 mg
Zinc (12%) 1.10 mg
Water 46.99 g
As you can see, coconut contains a huge amount of water and fat, a large amount of phosphorus, a hint of calcium, quite a bit of acidic content and sugar
This means they can’t eat coconut at all. Unfortunately, the water and fat content makes it not good for chinchillas to eat. It will make them sick and give them bloat as well.
A food to be avoided as far as chinchillas are concerned.
For more foods that chinchillas can and can’t eat, check out our chinchilla food list.