A melon is any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae with edible, fleshy fruit.
The word “melon” can refer to either the plant or specifically to the fruit. Many different cultivars have been produced, particularly of muskmelons.
Although the melon is a fruit (specifically, a berry), some varieties may be considered vegetables rather than fruits.
The word melon derives from Latin melopepo, which is the latinization of the Greek μηλοπέπων (mēlopepon), meaning “melon”, itself a compound of μῆλον (mēlon), “apple” + πέπων (pepōn), amongst others “a kind of gourd or melon”.
So can hamsters eat melon?
Let’s take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.
In particular, their acidic, water, sugar, fat, salt, phosphorus, and calcium content is of most interest as far as hamsters are concerned.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 150 kJ (36 kcal)
Sugars 8.12 g
Dietary fiber 0.8 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%) 0.038 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (1%) 0.012 mg
Niacin (B3) (3%) 0.418 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.155 mg
Vitamin B6 (7%) 0.088 mg
Folate (B9) (5%) 19 μg
Vitamin C (22%) 18 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 2.9 μg
Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron (1%) 0.17 mg
Magnesium (3%) 10 mg
Manganese (1%) 0.027 mg
Phosphorus (2%) 11 mg
Potassium (5%) 228 mg
Sodium (1%) 18 mg
Zinc (1%) 0.09 mg
Melon also contains about 92% of water per volume. (source)
As you can see, melon contains a hint of salt, phosphorus, a lot of acidic content and sugar. However, it also contains a huge amount of water content.
This means that melon is not a good food for hamsters to eat. Is water content means that they may get diarrhea if they eat it, so it is a food to avoid feeding them.