can chinchillas eat oranges

Can Chinchillas eat Oranges?

Oranges are the fruit of the citrus species Citrus Sinesnsis and otherwise known as sweet oranges. It has been cultivated since ancient times and are the most cultivated fruit tree in the world.

Oranges can be eaten fresh, or processed for its juice or peel. They account for around 70% of the world’s citrus production and remain an extremely popular fruit eaten throughout the world.

So can chinchillas eat oranges at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data, in particular their acidic, phosphorus, calcium, sugar and fat content is of most interest as far as chinchillas are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 197 kJ (47 kcal)
11.75 g
Sugars 9.35 g
Dietary fiber 2.4 g
0.12 g
0.94 g
Vitamin A equiv. (1%) 11 μg
Thiamine (B1) (8%) 0.087 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.04 mg
Niacin (B3) (2%) 0.282 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(5%) 0.25 mg
Vitamin B6 (5%) 0.06 mg
Folate (B9) (8%) 30 μg
Choline (2%) 8.4 mg
Vitamin C (64%) 53.2 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.18 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (4%) 40 mg
Iron (1%) 0.1 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.025 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 14 mg
Potassium (4%) 181 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg
Other constituents
Water 86.75 g

Source wikipedia

As you can see, oranges contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium and are high in acidic content. This means that chinchillas cannot eat oranges. They are just too much for their tummies.

They may enjoy them if you do feed them oranges, however they will make them sick if they eat them. So they are a food best avoided as far as chinchillas are concerned.



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