can hamsters eat butterhead lettuce

Can Hamsters Eat Butter Lettuce?

Butter lettuce is a variety of lettuce that has fairly large, loose heads with thick leaves and deep green coloring. It is found sold in many grocery stores around the world.

So can hamsters eat butter lettuce?

Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, salt, fat, calcium, and phosphorus content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 55 kJ (13 kcal)
Carbohydrates
2.23 g
Sugars 0.94
Dietary fiber 1.1 g
Fat
0.22 g
Protein
1.35 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(21%) 166 μg
(18%) 1987 μg
1223 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%) 0.062 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.15 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.082 mg
Folate (B9) (18%) 73 μg
Vitamin C (4%) 3.7 mg
Vit E (1%) 0.18 mg
Vitamin K (97%) 102.3 μg
Minerals
Calcium (4%) 35 mg
Iron (10%) 1.24 mg
Magnesium (4%) 13 mg
Manganese (9%) 0.179 mg
Phosphorus (5%) 33 mg
Potassium (5%) 238 mg
Sodium (0%) 5 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.2 mg
Other constituents
Water 95.63 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, butter lettuce contains a huge amount of water, quite a bit of phosphorus, a little calcium, and a hint of fat and sugar.

This means that unfortunately butter lettuce is not a good food for hamsters to eat. It’s huge water content means that they will get diarrhea if they eat it.

A food to avoid feeding them.