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What Fruit Can Gerbils Eat?

Gerbils can eat a number of different fruits, such as small pieces of apple or pear.

Being a desert species, gerbils wouldn’t often come across water-rich fruits and vegetables much in their day-to-day lives. This means that their digestive systems aren’t particularly well adapted to foods that contain a lot of moisture, and so only small pieces of fruit should be fed to them at a time. Any more than that and they could have a very upset stomach!

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Gerbils will enjoy certain types of fruit, but be a little careful about which you give, and how much

Whilst the following fruits are safe for your little animals, it’s best not to give them any citrus fruits, as these are very acidic foods that could cause your gerbils problems, especially with the soft skin in and around their mouths. Gerbils that are fed citrus fruits often have sores in these areas, which is obviously something to be avoided.

Nice, safe fruits include (non-exhaustive):

  • An apple slice
  • A few blueberries
  • A slice of banana
  • A slice of pear
  • A strawberry

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Chloe, 8 March 2019

Can gerbils eat raspberries?

Fakename, 21 July 2017

I am just babysitting my friends gerbils and this was very helpful. Thx!