can hamsters eat limes

Can Hamsters Eat Limes?

Last update April 5th, 2016.

Limes are a hybrid citrus fruit that are typically round, measuring 3-6 centimeters in diameter.

They are a popular fruit but are only grown in tropical climates.

Limes are typically used for flavoring and zest, because of their acidic juice vesicles which gives limes their taste.

So can hamsters eat limes?

Let’s take a look at the nutritional data of limes and find out more.

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 126 kJ (30 kcal)
Carbohydrates 10.5 g
Sugars 1.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Fat 0.2 g
Protein 0.7 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%) 0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%) 0.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.217 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%) 0.046 mg
Folate (B9) (2%) 8 μg
Vitamin C (35%) 29.1 mg
Minerals
Calcium (3%) 33 mg
Iron (5%) 0.6 mg
Magnesium (2%) 6 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 18 mg
Potassium (2%) 102 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg

source wikipedia

As you can see they contain a little phosphorus and calcium, a hint of sodium, and quite a lot of sugar and acidic content.

Unfortunately limes are not good for hamsters to eat as they are too acidic for hamsters to eat and will hurt them if eaten.

It is just not worth feeding them because of their acidic content, and should be avoided.