can hamsters eat nectarines

Can Hamsters Eat Nectarines?

Nectarines are a peach of a variety with smooth, thin, brightly colored skin and rich firm flesh.

The main physical difference is that peaches have a fuzzy coating, whereas nectarines are smooth and do not have this coating. They are almost identical genetically, but there is a gene variant between the two. (source)

So can hamsters eat nectarines?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 165 kJ (39 kcal)
Carbohydrates
9.54 g
Sugars 8.39 g
Dietary fiber 1.5 g
Fat
0.25 g
Protein
0.91 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
(2%) 16 μg
(2%) 162 μg
Thiamine (B1) (2%) 0.024 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (3%) 0.031 mg
Niacin (B3) (5%) 0.806 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%) 0.153 mg
Vitamin B6 (2%) 0.025 mg
Folate (B9) (1%) 4 μg
Choline (1%) 6.1 mg
Vitamin C (8%) 6.6 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.73 mg
Vitamin K (2%) 2.6 μg
Minerals
Calcium (1%) 6 mg
Iron (2%) 0.25 mg
Magnesium (3%) 9 mg
Manganese (3%) 0.061 mg
Phosphorus (3%) 20 mg
Potassium (4%) 190 mg
Sodium (0%) 0 mg
Zinc (2%) 0.17 mg
Other constituents
Fluoride 4 µg

source wikipedia

As you can see, nectarines contain a hint of phosphorus, calcium and fat, quite of bit of acidic content, and a lot of sugar.

This means that nectarines are fine for Roborovski’s and Syrian hamsters to eat. However, they can only eat them in small amounts on an occasional basis. One or two pieces small enough for them to hold in their paws will suffice for them. Too many pieces and they will get stomach pains.

Because they contain a lot of sugar in them, they are not good for Chinese, Winter white dwarf’s and Russian Campbell dwarf hamsters to eat, as they are prone to diabetes and eating nectarines will harm them.