A fun exploration of the darker side of the natural world reveals the fascinating, weird, often perverted ways that Mother Nature fends only for herself. It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin, biologist and host of the Animal Planet TV show Monsters Inside Me, explains, it’s also a dangerous, disturbing, and disgusting one. At every turn, it seems, living things are trying to eat us, poison us, use our bodies as their homes, or have us spread their eggs before we collapse. In Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You, Riskin explains that nature is the perfect embodiment of all the behaviors humans have come to think of as “sinful”—and, in fact, those sins are precisely what allow plants and animals to survive and thrive. Using the Seven Deadly Sins as a raucous roadmap, Riskin offers dozens of jaw-dropping examples that illuminate how brutal the natural world can be. From slothful worms that hide in your body for up to thirty years, to wrathful snails with poisonous harpoons that can kill you in less than five minutes, to lustful ducks that have orgasms faster than you can blink, these fascinating accounts reveal the candid truth about “gentle” Mother Nature’s true colors. Riskin’s passion for the strange and enthusiastic expertise brings the earth’s most fascinating fauna and flora to life. Throughout his adventures—which include sliding on his back through a thick soup of bat guano just to get face-to-face with a vampire bat, befriending a parasitic maggot that has taken root in his head, and coming to grips with having offspring of his own—Riskin makes unexpected discoveries not just about the world all around us, but the ways this brutal world has shaped us as humans.