Can Rabbits Eat Coconut?

Can Rabbits Eat Coconut?

Coconuts are grown on a coconut tree and are a fruit with a hard outer shell and a soft white flesh in the middle. As well they also contain coconut milk within the middle of the coconut.

People often enjoy eating the inner white flesh of coconuts and also like to drink the coconut milk or coconut water.

So can rabbits eat coconut at all?

Before we can answer this question we need to look at the nutritional data and in particular the calcium, fat, sugar, sodium, phosphorus and fibre content.

Edible solid white flesh (kopra)

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 354 kcal (1,480 kJ)
Sugars 6.23
Dietary fiber 9
3.33 g
Thiamine (B1) (6%)0.066 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%)0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (4%)0.54 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
(20%)1.014 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%)0.05 mg
Vitamin C (4%)3.3 mg
Trace metals
Calcium (1%)14 mg
Iron (19%)2.43 mg
Magnesium (9%)32 mg
Phosphorus (16%)113 mg
Potassium (8%)356 mg
Zinc (12%)1.1 mg
Other constituents

As you can see from the data above coconut contains a lot of phosphorus content and a hint of calcium.

It is also very acidic and contains a lot of fat and is very sweet.

Therefore rabbits cannot eat coconuts at all as they cannot handle the contents of this fruit. It would hurt their stomach.

Also learn if rabbits can drink coconut milk here.