Can Rabbits eat Tangerines?

Tangerines are orange-coloured citrus fruits that are closely related to mandarins. They are smaller than common oranges are usually eaiser to peel and to split into segments. Their taste is less sour, sweeter and stronger than oranges.

So can rabbits eat tangerines at all?

Lets take a look at their nutritional data and find out more.

In particular their acidic, fat, phosphorus, sugar, fibre and sodium content is of most interest as far as rabbits are concerned.

Energy 223 kJ (53 kcal)
13.34 g
Sugars 10.58 g
Dietary fiber 1.8 g
Fat 0.31 g
Protein 0.81 g
Vitamin A equiv.
beta-carotene (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
Trace metals
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

source wikipedia

As you can see tangerines contain a little phosphorus, are a little acidic, but contain quite a lot of sugar.

This means that rabbits can eat tangerines but only in small amounts. One or two segments a week should suffice but nothing more than that as they are just too sweet for them to eat a lot of.

They can also eat tangerine peel but also only in small amounts, that’s if they like it of course. But keep them away from the pips.

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