Limes are between 3 to 6 cm in diameter and are a green round citrus fruit.
They have an acidic (sour) pulp and are grown on citrus trees. There are a variety of species that include the Key lime, kaffir lime, Persian lime, and desert lime.
So can rabbits eat limes safely?
Before we can answer that we need to look at the nutritional data to decide if this fruit is safe for a rabbit to eat. In particular we should look at the sodium, acidic, calcium, phosphorus, sugar, and fibre content.
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 126 kJ (30 kcal)
Sugars 1.7 g
Dietary fiber 2.8 g
Thiamine (B1) (3%)0.03 mg
Riboflavin (B2) (2%)0.02 mg
Niacin (B3) (1%)0.2 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5) (4%)0.217 mg
Vitamin B6 (4%)0.046 mg
Folate (B9) (2%)8 μg
Vitamin C (35%)29.1 mg
Calcium (3%)33 mg
Iron (5%)0.6 mg
Magnesium (2%)6 mg
Phosphorus (3%)18 mg
Potassium (2%)102 mg
As you can see from the information above limes have sugar, acidic content, phosphorus and a hint of fat.
Therefore limes are not ideal for a rabbit to be eating because they don’t provide good nutritional value to them. It may be okay for a rabbit to nibble a little on a lime and taste the flavor but ideally do not feed limes to rabbits.
Additionally rabbits will most likely not like the sour taste.
Can Rabbits Eat Lime Peel?
No, they cannot eat it at all so do not feed them to your rabbit as they are toxic to them.
Can Rabbits Eat Lime Tree Leaves?
Yes, it is safe for a rabbit to eat lime tree leaves.