Mandarin oranges are grown from a small citrus tree bearing the same name.
Here are some facts about them, so as to find out more about them
- They resemble other types of orange and are usually eaten plain or in fruit salads.
- Mandarin oranges also come in a reddish – orange color and are marketed as tangerines.
- They have a thin, pebbly skin and are smaller and less spherical than common oranges.
- Their taste is a lot less sour than oranges but sweeter and stronger.
- They have a firm to slightly soft texture, are easy to peel and to split into segments.
So can hamsters eat mandarin oranges?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their water, acidic content, salt, sugar, phosphorus, fat, and calcium content is of particular interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 223 kJ (53 kcal)
Sugars 10.58 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat 0.31 g
Protein 0.81 g
Vitamin A equiv.
(4%) 34 μg
(1%) 155 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%) 0.058 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.036 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.376 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(4%) 0.216 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%) 0.078 mg
Folate (B9) (4%) 16 μg
Choline (2%) 10.2 mg
Vitamin C (32%) 26.7 mg
Vitamin E (1%) 0.2 mg
Calcium (4%) 37 mg
Iron (1%) 0.15 mg
Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
Manganese (2%) 0.039 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 166 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.07 mg
As you can see Mandarin oranges contain a little phosphorus, calcium, quite a lot of acidic content, and sugar.
This means that unfortunately hamsters cannot eat mandarin oranges.
This is because they are just too acidic and high in sugar for them to eat.
They will make them sick if eaten because they are so acidic.
As a result, they are a food to avoid feeding them.
This goes for all species of hamster, even Syrian’s and Robo’s.