can chinchillas eat lemons

Can Chinchillas Eat Lemons?

Lemons are a sour citrus fruit that is native to Asia.They are used for culinary and non-culinary uses throughout the world mainly for its juice, however its pulp and rind are also used in baking and cooking.

So can chinchillas eat lemons?

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 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 121 kJ (29 kcal)

Sugars 2.5 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat 0.3 g
Protein 1.1 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.04 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.1 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.19 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.08 mg
Folate (B9) (3%) 11 μg
Choline (1%) 5.1 mg
Vitamin C (64%) 53 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (3%) 26 mg
Iron (5%) 0.6 mg
Magnesium (2%) 8 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.03 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 16 mg
Potassium (3%) 138 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.06 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see lemons have a little calcium, phosphorus, acidic content, and sugar. This means that they can eat a very small segment, but that is all. However, it does contain quite a bit of citric acid which gives lemons its sour taste, so they may not like it. Personally, it wouldn’t be a food that I would feed to them.

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