Can Rabbits eat Green Leaf Lettuce?

Green leaf lettuce is a hardy annual salad and is easily cultivated. It is most often used for salads however it is also seen in other kinds of food like sandwiches, soups, and wraps. It can also be grilled.

So can rabbits eat green leaf lettuce, lets take a look here and find out more here.

In particular we’re interested in its fat, fibre, sugar, sodium, phosphorus, and acidic content.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 55 kJ (13 kcal)
2.23 g
Sugars 0.94
Dietary fibre 1.1 g
0.22 g
1.35 g
Vitamin A equiv.
lutein zeaxanthin
(21%)166 μg
(18%)1987 μg
1223 μg
Thiamine (B1) (5%)0.057 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (5%)0.062 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(3%)0.15 mg
Vitamin B6 (6%)0.082 mg
Folate (B9) (18%)73 μg
Vitamin C (4%)3.7 mg
Vitamin E (1%)0.18 mg
Vitamin K (97%)102.3 μg
Trace metals
Calcium (4%)35 mg
Iron (10%)1.24 mg
Magnesium (4%)13 mg
Manganese (9%)0.179 mg
Phosphorus (5%)33 mg
Potassium (5%)238 mg
Sodium (0%)5 mg
Zinc (2%)0.2 mg
Other constituents

source wikpipedia

As you can see green leaf lettuce contains quite a bit of phosphorus, calcium, but a lot acidic content.

This means that unlike you see in films and other media, rabbits cant eat green leaf lettuce in abundance. In fact they can only have a nibble of it as it is too acidic in its nature for them to consume too much of it.

It is a food that is best avoided to save the rabbit getting too ill.

Leave a Comment