The Geico mascot is based off of a real animal species (I'm Con)
The Geico mascot refers to this:
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Veiled Chameleon 
Water Monitor 
Mangrove Monitor 
My opponent must show the Geico mascot is based off of a species of animal, not just that that they are based off of a suborder such as the lizard. Since the burden of proof is on pro, and that there is not much I can do to prove a negative without relying on rebuttals, I will now give my opponent a chance to provide evidence for if there is in fact a species that the Geico mascot is based off of.
As my opponent has already pointed out, the Geico mascot is anthropomorphic lizard of some description. I will assume from my opponents first round post that this point is not going to be contested.
Taxonomically lizards are classified into the sub-order Lacertilia within the order Squamata. My job as pro will therefore be to demonstrate that a species within this suborder forms a basis for the design of the Geico mascot.
The next taxonomic step leads you to the family comprised of “small to medium species of lizard…found in a wide variety of colours.”  In Spanish a member of this family would be referred to as 'el geco'.
A large number of these lizards are nocturnal, however the Geico mascot is usually shown in commercials being active during the day. This, along with his green colouring classify him into the genus Phelsuma . From here the Geico mascot bears a resemblance to many species, however the best match is Phelsuma madagascariensis.
It fits the relatively large size of the Geico mascot compared to some other members of the genus Phelsuma, with the largest members of P. madagascariensis being around a foot long. This species is also characterized as being “bright emerald green in colour” with “large eyes” devoid of light and “patches of red on the lower [dorsal side] and sometimes also on the head”. 
All these traits line up perfectly with Geico’s mascot. As seen in cons picture above the green scales of the body and a red patch on the head are clearly visible. It is possible to go further and investigate whether one of the various subspecies that comprise the species P. madagascariensis is a more specific match however the resolution only calls for a distinct species so I will stop here.
Number of fingers
The Geico mascot has 5 fingers per hand.
The Phelsuma madagascariensis has only 4 fingers per hand.
The Mangrove Monitor lizard has 5 fingers per hand, like the Geico mascot.
The Geico mascot is capable of running on two feet.
The Jesus Lizard is also capable of running on two feet.
The Phelsuma madagascariensis is not capable of running on two feet.
The Geico mascot has multiple lizard-like features that do not exist with the Phelsuma madagascariensis. The Geico mascot is not based off of the species my opponent mentioned, but it is actually just a generic lizard, having characteristics of many lizards, and not fitting into the Phelsuma madagascariensis species my opponent mentioned.
 http://www.club100.net... (Ctrl F "Phelsuma madagascariensis kochi", 2nd image)
First I want to point out that the comparison with the Jesus Lizard, also called by the same name as the reptile that inhabits the Chamber of Secrets, is unfounded. In this comparison my opponent suggests that the Jesus lizard is the inspiration for the mascots bipedalism. However, the Jesus lizard is really only bipedal when it runs across water, something that I can't find evidence of the Geico mascot ever doing.
Instead, the Geico lizard strolls around on his hind legs, with his forelegs functioning more as arms. This is not a characteristic of any distinct lizard species, rather it is anthropomorphism. Along with his ability to verbally communicate and provide advice on insurance, the Geico mascots bipedalism is an effort to humanise him, which enables him to become the voice of a major advertising campaign. The same could also be argued about his pentadactyl limbs, however as I will explain, this is not really necessarily.
As per the resolution I want to clarify that I am arguing that the geico mascot is BASED on P.madagascariensis, not that it is a member of this species. Most movies based on novels do not try to recreate the text entirely but to use its core elements as the basis for the movie. This is what Geico have done. In the two pictures my opponent has shown above the similarities between the mascot and the real lizard are obvious. Using the overall style of the P.madagascariensis as a base they have created their own unique character, much as a unique movie can be created out of the text it is based on. My opponent has not argued that these similarities that I pointed out, namely body colours, patterns, eyes and size exist, they are so obvious this isn't really possible.
In summary the Geico mascot is a being that possesses all the major characteristics of the P. madagascariensis as well as some anthropomorphic qualities so is it reasonable to conclude that the mascot is based on P. madagascariensis.
Image from last round: http://tinyurl.com...
My opponent is essentially arguing that because P. madagascariensis has many similarities with the Geico mascot, the Geico mascot must have been based off of the P. madagascariensis.
This does not logically follow. My opponent did not discuss the probability that the Geico mascot was an original lizard creation that coincidentally happened to share many characteristics with one of the 6,000 species of lizards. My opponent's current arguments show that the Geico mascot COULD have been based off of the P. madagascariensis, but does not show why this scenario is significantly more probable than the alternative to the point that Pro's explanation can be assumed correct beyond reasonable doubt.
As I have stated previously the fact that the Geico lizard shares all its major characteristics with P. madagascariensis shows that this species has formed a strong base from the mascots overall design. These similarities have all been conceded my con and are:
- Body Colour
- Red patches
- Shape and colour of eyes
Con now says that that mascot shares "many characteristics with one of the 6,000 species of lizards" however the attempt in the previous round to describe these characteristics addapted from other lizards was dropped after being rebutted by me and no new possible features have been proposed.
As I said earlier, the madagascariesis and the Geico mascot are no completely identical, but the features of the Geico mascot that are inconsistent are elements of anthropomorphism: bipedalism, speech, pentadactyl limbs. Since these features do not come from another lizard and are only added in order to allow the mascot to be a more effective advertising tool it is then reasonable to state that the mascot has drawn its design from P. madagascariesis and is therefore based of a real species of lizard.
My gratitude to con for what has been a light and entertaining debate!
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