can hamsters eat walnuts

Can Hamsters Eat Walnuts?

Walnuts are a large wrinkled edible seed of a deciduous tree, consisting of two halves contained within a hard shell that is enclosed in a green fruit.

So can hamsters eat walnuts?

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

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

Nutritional value per 100 grams
Energy 2,738 kJ (654 kcal)
Carbohydrates
13.71
Starch 0.06
Sugars 2.61
Dietary fiber 6.7
Fat
65.21
Saturated 6.126
Monounsaturated 8.933
Polyunsaturated 47.174
Protein
15.23
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene
lutein zeaxanthin
(0%) 1 μg
(0%) 12 μg
9 μg
Vitamin A 20 IU
Thiamine (B1) (30%) 0.341 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (13%) 0.15 mg
Niacin (B3) (8%) 1.125 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (11%) 0.570 mg
Vitamin B6 (41%) 0.537 mg
Folate (B9) (25%) 98 μg
Vitamin B12 (0%) 0 μg
Vit C (2%) 1.3 mg
Vitamin E (5%) 0.7 mg
Vitamin K (3%) 2.7 μg
Minerals
Calcium (10%) 98 mg
Iron (22%) 2.91 mg
Magnesium (45%) 158 mg
Manganese (163%) 3.414 mg
Phosphorus (49%) 346 mg
Potassium (9%) 441 mg
Sodium (0%) 2 mg
Zinc (33%) 3.09 mg
Other constituents
Water 4.07 g

source wikipedia

As you can see, walnuts contain a little water, a hint of salt, a huge amount of phosphorus and fat, a lot of calcium and acidic content, and a little sugar.

This means that they are not good for hamsters to eat them. However, if they are fed to them they will consume all you give them.

Syrian’s and Roboroski’s can have one every so often but nothing more than that. They are just too full of fat and phosphorus content to have too many of.

Due to their sugar content, Russian Campbell dwarfs, Chinese hamsters, and Winter white dwarf hamsters should avoid them altogether.