What is the difference between prodding and poking? According to the Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary, their senses are almost the same.
Prod- to push sb/sth finger or with a pointed object
Poke- to quickly push your fingers or another object into sb/sth
But I've found sentences where both prod and poke were used together. For example, He was looking at her closely through his half-moon spectacles, his long fingers gently prodding and poking.